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Kids and fat
For children, fat is an important part of a healthy diet. But what kinds of fat, from which foods? Our registered dietitian answers parents’ questions. Spring clean your food habits
It’s spring cleaning time – the perfect occasion to commit to healthier eating. Message to Mom: Put yourself first for a change
Hey moms: If you have young children, you’d do anything to make sure they grow up healthy. But sometimes, being the best parent you can be means putting your own needs first – especially when it comes to your health. Nutrition myths – busted!
Nutrition myths are like fast food restaurants – they are everywhere, they’re hard to avoid, and they can derail your best intentions to follow a healthy, balanced diet. To mark Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month, let’s skip the fast food in favour of some home-cooked truths. Fuelling active kids
For healthy children (and adults!) good eating goes hand-in-hand with being active. Whether you’re bundling up your preschooler for backyard playtime or driving your teen to the rink for Triple A hockey, you want to make sure they’re getting the healthiest food choices. Here’s what you need to know. Top 10 tips for heart-smart eating
Choosing better-for-you foods and using heart-smart cooking techniques can help you control risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. Here are 10 ways to be good to your heart. Healthier eating, one change at a time
Want to get your family eating healthier this year? You can, by making one simple change. Here’s everything you need to know to choose your goal and get going. Healthy advice in the palm of your hand
Want to eat healthier this year? Help is as close as your laptop or mobile phone. Here are some science-based, well-tested apps and online tools that can help you kick start a healthier year. And they’re all free! SMART holiday eating
If you make healthy choices most days, you can afford a bit of indulgence around the holidays. Just beware of the extended season of temptations – say if yours starts on Halloween and continues until every candy cane, potato latke and sugar cookie is finished after New Year’s. How to beat the binge-fest
With the holidays (and presents!) around the corner, your children are probably filled with excitement. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate with family, but that doesn’t have to mean tossing out your gang’s healthy lifestyle habits. Here’s how to make it a happy AND healthy season. Winning the veggie battle
My daughter would never eat broccoli. After months of cajoling and even a bribe or two, it finally occurred to me to just ask her why. Her answer: “Because it’s too crunchy.” 10 whole grain secrets
What’s great about whole grains? For starters they contain all three parts of the grain kernel: the fibre-rich bran, the starchy endosperm, and the germ, packed with vitamins and minerals. Get together at the table
Between hockey practice, piano lessons, homework and commuting, your family may find that sitting down to dinner drops to the bottom of your weeknight priorities. But the benefits of eating together as a family go beyond bonding and quality time. Cutting calories the easy way
You may snicker when you hear your lunch mate order salad dressing on the side or ask the chef to “hold the mayo.” But these little tricks are excellent examples of calorie-cutting techniques that can help you maintain a healthy weight. Easy school lunches
Start the school year off right by filling your child’s lunch with interesting and healthy options. Try these 7 easy ideas that will take you from the grocery store to the lunch box with success. Shake up your lunch
Whether you brown bag it or head to the food court, adding some heart-smart foods to your lunch makes a lot of sense. Here are your best bets. A veggie and fruit feast
When was the last time your child tried a new vegetable or fruit? If you need some help, I’ve got five sure-fire suggestions that I’ve tried on my children with good success. Slimming summer swaps
Keep the weight off this summer by swapping your BBQ burger, potato salad and fatty iced cappuccinos with delicious kabobs, grilled lemon potatoes and homemade iced coffee drinks. Find out how. Playing with their food
Kids out of school? Nothing to do? Grab your spatula and mixing bowl and have some fun while teaching your kids about healthy nutrition. Here’s how. Eat breakfast
The first meal of the day is the most important. It provides the nutrition and energy you need, helps to control weight and is just plain good for your heart health. Here’s how to kick-start your appetite with new recipe ideas.
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