Food Pouches: Is it the best way to feed your baby?

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When I first started focusing on nutrition from tummy to toddler, there weren’t many options for packaged food to feed your baby. For as long as I can remember there have been jarred baby food lining the aisle along with Farley’s rusks and Arrowroot.

Fast forward to the past 10 years, there has been frozen food available in cubes and containers, jars are still going strong and now the food pouches. I remember seeing them in England when my kids were babies, so they have been available on the market, just not in North America.

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Pre and Post Natal Nutrition Before and After Your Workout

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Here are a few tips and suggestions to nourish your body before a workout or gym session or after you’ve worked out and your muscles are in need of refuelling, ready for the next workout.

My basic tips:

  • Drink plenty of water!  Aim for over 1.5L filtered water a day.
  • Keep a food diary of what you are eating.  Along side your food, write down some notes about your energy and mood and when you are exercising.  
  • Eat three meals each day and two to three snacks, about every two and a half to three hours. Eating regularly helps keep your blood sugar stable.
  • Include protein at each snack and meal. For instance, breakfast enjoy eggs, cottage cheese or protein powder in a smoothie. I like mixing hemp and rice protein together to get a high level of protein and extra omega 3’s and fibre.
  • Increase fruits and veggies. Aim for 10 servings a day. Combine an apple with a handful of almonds with an apple for fibre, carbohydrate, protein, essential fats and essential minerals.

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Nutrition Month Favourite Recipes

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I have some staple recipes that I use weekly. Both from my book and that I’ve posted on the blog. What are your staples and recipes that you and your family love?

Apple and Pear Crumble – this recipe is great as a breakfast, snack, and dessert. Feel free to have it as a meal even if you’re rushed!

3 cups diced fruit: apples, pears or a combination
1 cup blueberries or other berries (or more fruit above)
¼ cup 100% fruit juice
1 tsp cinnamon

Crumble Topping:
1½ cups whole oat flakes
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds or pecans
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 tsp cinnamon

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My Top Five Tips for a successful Nutrition Month in March

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To celebrate Nutrition Month, here are my top five tips to better health over the month of March (and beyond!)

Hydrate

Your body works better when you’re hydrated. Water is needed to flush internal garbage (we have lots to get rid of) through the kidneys, and then out of your body. Your blood is 92% water when hydrated, which keeps your blood moving freely through veins and arteries. The first step for high or low blood pressure is a large glass of water! To run on all cylinders, for maximum energy, hydration is essential. Every cell in your body needs water and won’t function as it should without it. Trying to balance weight is difficult as you can get mixed messages about hunger versus needing a big glass of water because you’re dehydrated. When our cells are depleted of water, they cannot create the energy we need to function, and so they send a signal to the brain that you’re hungry. Quite simply, dehydration can lead to overeating.

Do: drink at least 2L of water a day. Coffee, juice and soft drinks don’t count.

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