Are You Putting Your Unborn Child At Risk for Peanut Allergy?

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Peanut allergy has increased exponentially around the world in recent years, with rates doubling in the USA alone between 1997 and 2002(1). The reaction can range from a mild rash to anaphylactic shock, turning things we take for granted like dining out into nerve wrecking experiences for parents and children alike.

There is research to suggest that certain expecting mothers may have a role to play when it comes to their children developing peanut allergies. Are you helping or hindering your unborn child’s healthy?

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Now That Nutrition Month Is Over, We Can All Get Back To Terrible Eating Habits

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March was nutrition month, which is the third month after everyone sets new years resolutions to get healthy. Since you’ve probably done a great job this far, you’re probably good to go for the rest of the year until next year’s resolutions, right?

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Keying Into Better Vending Machine Choices

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Sometimes you just have one of those days where you forget to bring enough snacks for the day or something comes up where you’re stuck with no options except vending machines. Luckily, we don’t have FEBO in North America and many vending companies have added healthier options to vending machines in response to consumers’ demands.

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Here are some top choices when you’re down at the vending machine:

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Make Meal Prep A Family Affair

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If everybody eats, why should it be up to only one person to prepare meals? Planning and preparing meals as a team can help you feel less stressed about feeding your family during the mealtime rush. Here are some tips for getting your family and friends involved to help lighten the load:

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What Type of Hunger Is It?

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Before reaching for a snack, it’s important to check in to see if you’re truly hungry or if there are other reasons for your to be reaching for food.

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Often stress, boredom, or distraction are the real reason people reach for food and never feel truly satisfied. It’s important to be able to distinguish between:

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Is That A Snack Or A Treat?

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Snacking is on the rise in Canada. We’re typically twice-a-day snackers, with more than 34% of Canadians reaching for afternoon snacks to bridge the hunger gap.

Snacking can be healthy if you’re hungry between meals; however, there’s a difference between a treat and a snack. Treats–such as cookies, chips or chocolate–are low in nutrients and best saved for occasional enjoyment.

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Dietitians recommend smart snacking! Choose small portions of nutrient-rich foods to stay energized and satisfied. Nutritious snacks include a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts, whole grain crackers with cheese, yogurt with granola, or veggies with hummus.

Come back tomorrow for more nutrition tips! 

Remember to eat health & live happy,

Anna Gofeld, RD

*this month's tips inspirations come from the Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month Campaign Resources Manual for Dietitians

Give your lunch bag a one-two punch!

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Perk up your packed lunch with four tasty energizing options. You’ll love these quick, simple and tasty make-and-take lunches:

  1. Layer black bean dip, avocado, and peppery arugula on a rustic whole-grain baguette for a simple sandwich with big flavour.
  2. Pack hard-boiled eggs,cheese,fresh veggies, a few olives and whole-grain crackers for a super snack- like lunch.
  3. Mix lentils, roasted sweet potato and red peppers, quinoa and a drizzle of lemony dressing for a protein- packed salad bowl.
  4. Toss light tuna, snowpeas, and grapetomatoes with leftover whole grain pasta, basil-filled pesto and a pinch of chili flakes – this dish is great cold or heated.

Come back tomorrow for more nutrition tips! 

Remember to eat health & live happy,

Anna Gofeld, RD

*this month's tips inspirations come from the Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month Campaign Resources Manual for Dietitians