Sarah Remmer: The Non-Diet Dietitian

Aug
16
2016

Chocolate Lentil Lunchbox Muffins

The lunchbox treat that packs a nutritional punch

Chocolate Lentil Muffins

It's almost that time of year again — back to school! And to be honest, I don't know whether to jump for joy or burst into tears. This year, my son starts grade one, which means that he'll be in school all day. This is a big change from the half-day kindergarten days last year.

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Jul
05
2016

Your Child Isn't Eating at Meals? We've Got 10 Ideas as to Why

You might be surprised at why your child is refusing to eat (and how making a few simple adjustments can change everything!)

10 Reasons your kid isn't eating his dinner | YummyMummyClub.ca

There’s nothing quite like spending time prepping, cooking, and serving a meal, only to have your child turn his nose up to it and push his plate away. Ugh, I’ve been there so many times and know how frustrating it feels. What I’ve learned though, is not to take it personally (which is hard) and that there are several common reasons why this happens.

Here are the most common reasons why your child is refusing to eat at meals, and what to do about it:

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Jul
04
2016

Last Minute Dessert: Easy Berry Crisp Recipe

A nutrition-packed dessert that everyone will love, in a pinch!

A nutrition-packed dessert that everyone will love, in a pinch!

Being in the crazy stage of life that I'm at right now (with three young energetic kids and a growing small business), I don't have a lot of extra time to bake, even though I really enjoy it and feel that it's important to home-make most of our baked goods and desserts. That's why I love this berry crisp recipe — I always have either fresh or frozen berries on hand, as well as oats, butter and sugar!

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Jun
30
2016

Easy Prep: Grilled Thai Chicken Thighs

These chicken thighs are full of flavour

Easy Thai Chicken Thighs | YummyMummyClub.ca

We go through a lot of chicken in our house. It seems to be a favourite for everyone, and it appeals to me because it's so versatile and nutritious. Although I love cooking with chicken breasts, I think that I prefer thighs — they have a bit more flavour and are more moist. Because they do have more fat than breasts though, chicken thigh dishes tend to be more rich. That's why I decided to try grilling chicken thighs for this recipe — some of the fat is removed during grilling, but the end product is still really tasty and tender.

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Jun
01
2016

Why You Need to Break This Feeding Habit

Grow an independent, confident and mindful eater by teaching her how to self-feed

Why Your Toddler Should Feed Themselves | YummyMummyClub.ca

It's 5:00pm and you have to get your son to soccer by 5:45pm. You're rushing to get food on the table and trying to get your kids ready and fed in 20 minutes so that you can get out the door on time. Every minute is accounted for. And then, after plating your kids' food (and as you start to scarf your own meal down), you peek over at your toddler who is casually poking and playing with her food, maybe picking away at the dinner roll or piece of bread only. You remind her to eat quickly because you don't have much time. Again. And again.

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May
25
2016

Starting Solids: Is Infant Rice Cereal the Best First Food?

Is feeding a baby rice cereal first based on science or tradition?

Is feeding a baby rice cereal first based on science or tradition? The truth about what your baby's first food should be might surprise you. | Parenting | YummyMummyClub.ca

My third baby is six months old today, and about a week and a half ago, he tried his first real food. Want to know what it was? Salmon! Not pureed, not mashed, and not mixed with breastmilk. Just barbequed salmon with a bit of olive oil brushed on before grilling, in pieces that were big enough for him to pick up and soft enough to easily break apart in his mouth.

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May
20
2016

Kid-Approved and Healthy 'On-The-Go' Granola Bars

This snack will nourish your kids without the added sugar

Finding healthy snacks I feel good about serving, and that my kids love to eat, is no easy feat. And this is why I've fallen into the not-so-great habit of sending store-bought granola bars with my son to school in the past; the thought of making homemade granola bars seemed daunting and way too time-consuming. Until I finally decided to start making them that is. 

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Apr
29
2016

Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter Recipe

You'll never buy store-bought almond butter again!

Chocolate almond butter | YummyMummyClub.ca

I've never been able to find the perfect store-bought nut or seed butter; one that tastes amazing and that I feel good serving my kids often. Natural nut and seed butters are fantastic nutrition-wise, but quite expensive and typically don't taste amazing to me (unless paired with a bit of honey or jam). I prefer roasted nut butters with a bit of salt and a bit of sweet (which is hard to find in store-bought form, unless you're spending upwards of ten dollars on a small jar).

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Apr
28
2016

'Just Like Mexico' Fresh Salsa Recipe

Easy to make, nutritious, and incredibly addictive!

Fresh Pico de Gallo recipe | YummyMummyClub.ca

My husband came home from work about a month ago declaring he needed a vacation. I agreed that I could use a get-away and we quickly started scouring the internet for last-minute vacation deals to a hot and tropical destination. With the Canadian/American exchange rate not being in our favour, we opted to go to Mexico!

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Apr
04
2016

Protein for Kids: Are Supplements Necessary?

If you're wondering whether or not to give your child protein powders or shakes this post is for you!

If you're wondering whether or not to give your child protein powders or shakes this post is for you! | Nutrition | Health | Kids | YummyMummyClub.ca

I was recently asked a question by a fellow Mom about whether or not it was safe for her tween son to be consuming protein shakes. Her question went something like this: 

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Mar
27
2016

Make-Your-Own Applewiches

A fun and nutritious snack that your kids will ask for again and again

Make Apple-Sandwiches | YummyMummyClub.ca

We often serve make-your-own meals and snacks in our house. I love watching my kids get involved in the preparing the food that they eat. It's fun for them and increases the chances of them actually eating it.

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Mar
27
2016

Slow-Cooker Coconut Chia Quinoa Porridge

Filling, delicious and nutritious!

Quick Oats Recipe | YummyMummyClub.ca

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that I'm slightly obsessed with oatmeal. It's my family's go-to breakfast all year long because it's easy to make in big batches, filling and nutritious.

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These healthy finger food meals will not only be your kid's favourite lunches... but yours, too! | Nutrition | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

I know that I'm not alone in feeling that mealtimes can be stressful as a parent. Picky eating aside, the whole mealtime prep thing that has to happen three times a day (not including snacks) easily becomes redundant, frustrating, and tiresome. Some days I feel like I've just cleaned up the mess from one meal when I have to start prepping for the next! 

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Mar
02
2016

Chocolate Chia Protein Balls Recipe

These delicious snacks keep tummies full and and energy levels up

Chocolate Chia Protein Balls Recipe | YummyMummyClub.ca

I've been on a mission lately to find healthy and tasty snack recipes to add some variety to my son's snack-pack for kindergarten. I was in a rut of sending store-bought granola bars, cheese strings, and apples (or a similar combination) for a while. What can I say? I've got a two year-old and 4-month-old baby at home as well, and mornings are chaotic to say the least! Eventually my son complained about how he was bored of his snack and, frankly , I was bored of sending it.

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Feb
21
2016

The One Thing Parents of Picky Eaters Need to Stop Doing

This honest mistake can squash your child's confidence

Don't Make This Mistake with Your Picky Eater | YummyMummyClub.ca

I know first-hand how challenging it can be to have a picky eater at home. My two year-old rarely touches her meals these days (mostly lunch and supper),  because she decides that it's yucky before she's even tasted it. She has a select few foods that she loves and gobbles up happily, but beyond her safe repertoire, she's just not interested. But I'm able to take it in stride and rest easy knowing that it's just a phase (albeit a frustrating one).

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Feb
02
2016

Creamy Garlic Lentil Hummus

Store-bought has nothing on this homemade hummus

Love your hummus? Lentil hummus might turn out to be one of the best recipes you've ever tried! | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Many of us are feeling the pinch when it comes to buying groceries these days. With rising food prices, I'm trying to be more cognizant of how much we spend on food.

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Jan
28
2016

Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Blender Muffins

Nutritious, school-safe, and delicious!

These Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Blender Muffins are school-safe - nut, peanut, and dairy free! | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Now that my little guy is in kindergarten, I'm always on the lookout for school-safe recipes for snacks that are actually nutritious--the kind that I can feel good about sending, and that my kid will actually enjoy! More importantly though, I need these recipes to be super easy for me to prepare. Having a three-month-old and active toddler doesn't grant me a whole lot of extra time to bake and cook elaborate foods these days. Simple is key. 

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Jan
24
2016

3 Tips for Handling Your Kids' Snacking Requests

Do your kids whine or beg for snacks throughout the day?

Handling Kid's Snack Requests | YummyMummyClub.ca

We've all been there. In the car, in the grocery store or on a playdate, our toddler or young child asks (or whines) for a snack, sometimes only half an hour after a meal. When kids beg or whine for snacks or treats at random times, it may seem easiest to give in and immediately break out the crackers or fruit snacks. I see it all of the time - little ones saying "I'm huuunnggrryyy Mom!

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Jan
10
2016

Soft & Chewy Triple Ginger Chocolate Cookies

This will be your new favourite treat!

AR - Soft and Chewy Triple Ginger Chocolate Cookies; We suggest you double the recipe because they will disappear in no time. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

These chewy ginger cookies have been holiday family favourite for a few years now and I’ve been meaning to share the recipe for a while. The original recipe (Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies from the Atco Blue Flame Kitchen) did not call for dark chocolate chunks–my Mom so brilliantly decided to test out this addition and it worked beautifully (which isn’t surprising).

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