Sarah Remmer: The Non-Diet Dietitian

Aug
20
2017

Six Foods Breastfeeding Mothers Should Eat

Eat these foods to help maintain your own health and provide the best nutrition to your breastfed baby

As a nursing mother, I am thinking about what I put into my mouth more than usual, considering that my daughter is consuming what I'm consuming. As I watch her grow before my eyes, I can't help but be amazed that I am solely responsible for her growth and development up to this point. As empowering and amazing as that feels, I can't help but feel an enormous amount of pressure. What I eat and drink directly effects both her short term and long term health. Luckily, if I make sure that I eat a balanced diet most of the time, enjoying treats here and there is perfectly fine.

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Aug
10
2017

Should you drink coffee or should you avoid it all together?

Should you steer clear of any soft cheeses or just the unpasteurized ones?

And what's the deal with deli meats?!

When you become pregnant, you have advice flying at you from all directions—from your Mom, your friends, websites, books, magazines, your boss and random people who feel the need to give you advice, even when you don't ask for it. This information overload can be daunting and a wee bit overwhelming—especially for a first-time expectant Mom. 

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Mar
06
2017

3 Strategies for Raising Healthy, Adventurous Eaters This Mom Swears By

Top tips from a dietitian mom on getting your kids to eat a variety

Raising healthy, adventurous eaters is what we're all striving for as parents, but the road to get there can be a bit... challenging. My kids are just like any other kids - they have certain tastes and preferences when it comes to food and definitely test our patience at mealtimes.  Just like most parents, my husband and I deal with mealtime power struggles with our kids. But for the most part, family meals are positive and happy, and our kids eat nutritious, varied diets.

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Mar
03
2017

Quick and Easy Vegan Lentil Nuggets

Nutritional powerhouses perfect for the whole family (including your baby!)

These lentil nuggets aren't just vegan and school safe! Packed full of protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals, they are filling, energy-sustaining, healthy and nutritious (not to mention delicious). | YMC

We're all about finger foods in our house. If you can eat it without utensils, it's usually a winner around here. And these vegan lentil nuggets are no exception!

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Feb
28
2017
These easy chocolate chip cookies are made in one bowl, in just 15 minutes. And they're dietician approved as part of a healthy diet with dessert in moderation. | YMC

There's nothing quite like a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie. My kids (and husband) are so used to me adding nutritious ingredients to baking--things like whole grain flour, chia seeds and oats--that they were slightly caught off guard when they taste-tested these delicious, decadent cookies. It reminded me to make sure they made it into the baking rotation more--one of my fondest food memories is enjoying similar cookies with glass of milk as an afternoon snack or after dinner. 

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Feb
10
2017

Fudgy Flourless Lentil Blender Brownies

You won't believe that there is an entire can of lentils in this mouthwatering chocolate brownie recipe

This brownie recipe is actually healthy and dietitian approved! No refined sugar, coconut oil, and a full can of lentils means that this dessert is high in fibre and healthy fats. | YMC | YummyMummyClub.ca

I have an serious obsession with muffin-tins. I use mine daily, either for baking, to fill with craft supplies for my kids, or to fill with healthy snack foods after school. When it comes to muffin-tin recipes--whether it's egg muffins, flourless muffins, oatmeal cups, mini burritoes, or healthy healthy pizza rolls--I have tried it all. And now, I can add dessert to the list!

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Jan
31
2017

Top 12 Delicious, Dietitian-Approved Muffin Recipes

Perfect for breakfasts, snacks and school lunches

There is rarely a time when I don't have several dozen homemade muffins sitting in my freezer. Muffins can be the perfect on-the-go breakfast, a quick and easy snack, and a great addition to school lunches.

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Jan
02
2017

3 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World While Your Kids are Still Young

You will never regret taking your kids when the "magic" is still real

Taking young kids to Disney

When I became a mom, I told my husband that I wanted to take our kids to Disney while the "magic" was still real--you know, when they actually believe that the Disney characters are real. I went as a teenager with my family and have many fond memories, especially the thrill of space mountain and getting soaked on splash mountain.

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Dec
18
2016
slow cooker meals

What's better than having a steaming hot, delicious meal ready for you and your family at the end of the day? I can't think of much, accept maybe when that meal is also nutritionist approved and kid-friendly! As a Mom of three, I depend heavily on my slow-cooker to get us through the week. The bit of prep time in the morning (or night before) is well worth the relief that I feel at about 5pm when I'm exhausted, the kids are hungry and the last thing I want to do is cook.

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Dec
18
2016

Easy Red & Green Holiday Roll Up Bites

In fact, your can get your kids to make them for you!

easy holiday appetizers

It's easy to feel overwhelmed during the holidays, especially when you've filled your calendars with social events and holiday get-togethers. You may even be hosting a few yourself! Now that I have three kids, my new motto has become "keep it simple" when it comes to everything, but especially hosting. Gone are the days of spending hours in the kitchen preparing gourmet finger foods and desserts (for now, anyways).

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Dec
18
2016

Healthy & Delicious Gingerbread Muffins

Fill your house with the warm and cozy aroma of Christmas (and get a healthy snack out of it too!)

gingerbread muffins

There's nothing quite like entering your kitchen and being engulfed in the delicious, warm aroma of gingerbread. To me, that feels like Christmas. What's even better, is knowing that the source of that aroma is a nutritious and wholesome muffin — the kind that you can eat as part of a balanced meal, or on its own as a snack. The kind that you feel really great about sending in your kid's lunch, or serving to your family for breakfast. These gingerbread muffins are to die for, and will put you in the holiday spirit! 

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Nov
30
2016

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Wake up to a ready-made wholesome and nutritious breakfast that tastes like Christmas!

Slow  cooker gingerbread oatmeal

Gingerbread is one of those seasonal flavours I can't get enough of, especially leading up to the holidays. It reminds me of my Mom's chewy ginger cookies (with white chocolate), or sipping on a steaming hot gingerbread latte on a cold day. Gingerbread is warm and cozy to me, and the perfect flavour to infuse into over-night slow-cooker oats - one of my favourite ways to cook oatmeal. There's something to be said about waking up to a ready-made wholesome and nutritious breakfast, not to mention the delicious aroma of gingerbread! 

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Nov
01
2016

Easy One-Pan Burrito Bowls

You'll want to add this meal to your dinner rotation, STAT.

Burrito Bowls Recipe

One of the easiest ways to raise adventurous, healthy eaters is to involve your kids in shopping, preparing, cooking, or serving meals.  No bribing, coaxing or bartering needed — simply getting kids involved makes all the difference! When kids feel as though they have had a hand in making a meal, they are more likely to eat it.

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Oct
25
2016

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Your new favourite nutritious, delicious high protein no-bake snack!

Chocolate protein balls

Fall, to me, means pumpkin-spiced everything.  I can't get enough of these pumpkin-spice muffins these yummy pumpkin waffles, and of course, pumpkin-spice lattes. Not only does pumpkin add a delicious flavour and vibrant colour, but it also adds loads of nutritional value, containing lots of potassium, beta-carotene and fibre. 

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Oct
24
2016

Nutrition News: Health Canada is Revising & Updating Canada's Food Guide!

A new food guide as well as improved nutrition labels will hopefully make it easier for Canadians to eat better

Health Canada Guidelines

Many Canadian Dietitians (including myself) have opted not to use Canada's Food Guide as a nutrition teaching tool over the past 10 (or more) years. In fact, since opening my private practice doors in 2007, I don't think I've ever given out a copy of the food guide (to be honest, I developed my own), and here's why: 

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Oct
20
2016

Why Your Child Isn't Eating at Meals (and What You Can Do About it)

Eight Dietitian (and mom!)-approved strategies that will help!

Eight Dietitian (and mom!)-approved strategies that will help! | Nutrition | Parenting | YummyMummyClub.ca

“I don’t like that, it’s yucky!”

Sound familiar? 

I hear it often enough in my house, so I'm guessing that many of you do too.

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Sep
20
2016

School Lunch Round Up: 50 Easy and Nutritious Lunchbox Recipes

Nutritionist (and kid)-approved, easy and delicious recipes for your child's lunch box. You can't go wrong!

School is in full swing now, and packing school lunches has become part of our nightly routine. I'm trying to make it a habit to pack lunches when I'm prepping (or cleaning up after) dinner, so that it doesn't seem like a daunting task after we get the kids to bed, when really all I feel like doing it collapsing on the couch.

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Sep
19
2016
Chia Seed Popcorn Recipe

I love popcorn, and make it several times a week, usually to enjoy while my husband and I watch Netflix after the kids go to bed; I find that it's the perfect bedtime snack to pair with a cup of tea (or sometimes a glass of red wine!). Lately I've been making a huge batch and saving some for school lunches or for after-school snacks. The kids love it as much as I do, and because it's a fibre-rich and nutritious, I feel good about them eating it.

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Trying to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Broccoli? Here's Why You Should Stop | YummyMummyClub.ca

As parents, we sometimes put our “short-term lens” on when it comes to feeding, especially with young kids. We’re often in a rush and want our kids to eat something NOW, or we feel frustrated that they've only eaten the pasta or bread, and left everything else (especially the green stuff).

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Aug
31
2016
Chocolate Oatmeal Zucchini Loaf | YummyMummyClub.ca

I'm on a huge baking kick lately, madly trying to stock our freezer with school-safe snacks so that I'm not scrambling at the last minute (or packing my son's lunch with processed, packaged snacks all of the time). What motivated me even more was the fact that I had an insane amount of zucchini to use up — it's in season and I received a mammoth zucchini from a friend of mine. 

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