Sarah Remmer: The Non-Diet Dietitian

May
28
2015

Light & Lemony Angel Pie

A Great Dessert at a BBQ Party

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When it comes to desserts, I'm a picky eater.  And I think you should be too. This, coming from the Dietitian who helps parents prevent and manage picky eating with their kids - go figure! Although you should allow yourself to indulge in something sweet regularly - even daily - it's important to be selective in which treats you choose so that you can really make your indulgence count and enjoy every bite.

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May
14
2015

4 Fruity Pregnancy Mocktails

Don't miss out with these fun and fruity virgin drinks

There's no reason pregnant women should have to miss out on the fun of drinking a yummy beverage in a fancy glass during happy hour, at a dinner party, or at a summer BBQ. Although these non-alcoholic alternatives aren't quite as fun as their alcoholic counter-parts, they are equally as delicious and provide an exciting alternative to water or my go-to: soda water and cranberry juice, which gets boring after a while.

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May
07
2015

Make-for-Mom Overnight Pull-Apart Cinnamon Buns

It should be too good to be true, but it's not

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When I went over to a friend's house for brunch a while ago, I was thoroughly impressed with the spread she put on, but was especially astounded by the beautiful pull-apart cinnamon buns (which disappeared the quickest). I had never seen or tasted anything more delicious and have made it several times since - it's always a hit.

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Apr
17
2015
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It seems that moms and dads are constantly reaching into their purses, bags, strollers, and pockets for portable snacks to hand to their squirmy tots in malls, indoor playgrounds, on walks, and just about anywhere else. And trust me, I am guilty of it too. I rarely leave the house without a bag full of snacks just in case we are out for longer than planned.

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Apr
07
2015

Beware of Food Babe & Other Nutrition "Experts" Advice

Looking for Nutrition Advice? 4 Red Flags to Watch Out For

When it comes to nutrition, people can become emotionally invested in what they believe to be true, whether it's that gluten is terrible or that dairy isn't fit for human consumption. It can be a touchy subject, especially if changes in diet have coincided with improved energy levels, weight loss, or decreased digestive symptoms. And when someone becomes passionate about changes in their own nutrition, they often don't hesitate to spread the message.

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Mar
27
2015

Breakfast Outside the Box: Two-Ingredient Banana Crepes

This super-simple recipe will become your new go-to!

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When my Dietitian friend Tiffany told me about these two-ingredient, amazing-tasting pancakes (I call them crepes because they are thinner than most pancakes) that she's been making for breakfast, I was a bit skeptical. But whenever I hear of nutritious, easy, kid-friendly breakfast options, I'm all ears and I'm willing to try them out. So I did. And they are even more amazing that my friend let on. The kids thought they were the best pancakes they had ever had and this recipe has now become a staple in our house. 

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Mar
24
2015

3 False Assumptions Parents Can Make at Meals

This meal might just be THE meal that she finally accepts it

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Last week we were eating turkey burgers around the dinner table when I couldn't help but notice my son watching my husband's every move. My husband put ketchup on his burger, so my son asked for ketchup. My husband put a tomato on top, and so did my son. He wanted to be exactly like Daddy. Then, when my husband served himself some salad, my son asked for some too (he's never asked for salad in his life and has always turned his nose up at it).

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Feb
27
2015

Food for Thought: A Dietitian Talks Clean 15 & Dirty Dozen

Do the Annual Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists have nutritonal merit?

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"Should I buy organic produce or not?"  is a very common question I'm often asked by clients and readers. My answer is usually prefaced with "I'm happy to hear you're eating fruits and vegetables!," with an explanation thereafter of why buying organic or conventional produce is a ultimately a personal choice.

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Feb
06
2015

14 Signs Your Healthy Eating Habits Aren't So Healthy

Healthy Eating Gone Awry: Take the Orthorexia test

There's healthy eating, and then there's obsessive eating. 

When innocent attempts to eat healthfully, such as cutting back on processed foods or eating more fruits and vegetables turns into a pre-occupation, or obsession with eating healthfully 100% of the time, and a mega-restrictive diet regime of only the purest of foods, there is an unhealthy (and scary) shift into the world of disordered eating.

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Feb
04
2015

6 Food Rules to Keep School Lunches Safe

Make your lunch-packing duties easier (and less nerve wracking!)

6 Food Safety Rules To Follow When Packing School Lunches

Sending your child to school with a nutritious lunch and snacks is important not only for overall health, growth, and development, but also to keep their brains properly fueled during the day so they can focus and concentrate. But parents often feel limited in what they can send to school, not only b

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You may be wondering if you should take nutritional supplements. After all, there seems to be more conflicting messages flying around about supplements than there are supplements themselves. Although it's definitely possible to get all your essential nutrients through food, it's not always realistic.

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Jan
29
2015

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Lentil Granola Bars

Plus, 5 Surprising Facts About Lentils You Need To Know

4 Reasons Why Lentils Should be a Staple In Your Pantry

As a Registered Dietitian and busy mom of two young kids, lentils are so easy for me to love.

Not only do they boast a stellar nutritional profile (they are loaded full of protein, fibre, iron, vitamins, and minerals), they're also budget-friendly, easy to use, and provide a nutritious meatless protein alternative. They're also great for adding to healthy snacks and (surprisingly!) desserts and baked goods (see my recipe for lentil granola bars below).

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Jan
20
2015

5 Reasons You Need Oatmeal in Your Life

This dietitian is a serious oatmeal fanatic - For good reason!

Oatmeal happens almost everyday in my house. With the exception of the summer month (when instead I throw oats into cookies, muffins, and smoothies), my family eats oatmeal for breakfast everyday.

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Jan
15
2015

8 Weight Management Strategies This Dietitian Swears By

Surprising (and refreshing) non-diet weight loss strategies from a nutrition expert

Most people struggle with their weight at one point or another, even nutrition experts. Achieving sustainable weight loss isn't easy, otherwise everyone would sit at their most comfortable weight.

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Jan
09
2015

6 Game-Changing Questions to Ask Your Picky Eater

Make meals more enjoyable and less stressful by changing the dinnertime Dialogue

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Many parents dread mealtimes with their kids, because getting them to eat - or at least even try - nutritious foods seems nearly impossible without a full-on battle. Growth slows after the age of two, which often translates into kids having smaller appetites and erratic eating patterns. When this is coupled with a child's newfound desire to control their lives (eg.

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No matter what time of the year, Prosecco is my go-to fun beverage of choice. I love the bubbles and the fact that it's not too sweet (so I sip rather than drink), and most of all, I love drinking out of a champagne glass--it makes everything more fun! Recently I went to a dinner party where the hostess served alcohol-soaked strawberries in glasses of Prosecco. Festive, delicious and fancy (with a touch of sweetness), this cocktail quickly became my new favourite, and I just had to share! Happy Holidays!

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Dec
19
2014

Breakfast Outside the Box: Muffin Tin Breakfast Burritos

Pack a protein punch in the palm of your hand

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In the second installment of my "Breakfast Outside The Box" series, I used my always-trusty muffin pan again and created a protein and nutrient-packed breakfast (which also makes for a perfect lunch or dinner).

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Dec
15
2014

5 Holiday Eating Rules You Should Throw Out the Window

Here's why you need to ignore common holiday tips (and what to do instead!)

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The holidays are here and so are fun holiday parties and get-togethers involving delicious food. As fun as this time of year is, it can also induce a bit of anxiety in those who are trying to watch their weight.

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Nov
30
2014

Breakfast Outside the Box: Oatmeal Apple UN-Muffin Muffins

Taking Oatmeal to a whole new (delicious) level

I've written about the importance of breakfast few times on this blog and I still can't stress it enough. Whether or not you eat breakfast (and what you include in it) will set the stage for your day nutrition-wise. It may even prevent you from unhealthy snacking later on (which can help with weight management).

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Nov
28
2014

What You Might Not Know About Feeding Your Baby Solids

Four Things Parents Need To Know about feeding babies

Introducing solids to your baby can be nerve-wracking and a bit overwhelming, especially when you're overloaded with conflicting information about what, when, and how to do it. You might be wondering if you should introduce iron-fortified rice cereal before six months of age to help your baby sleep through the night, or you may have read that purees aren't best and that finger foods are the way to go.

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