Sarah Remmer: The Non-Diet Dietitian

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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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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