Sarah Remmer: The Non-Diet Dietitian

Jul
20
2015

3 Picky Eater Strategies That WORK

And common mealtime mistakes that well-meaning parents make

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Navigating the tricky world of feeding toddlers and young kids can be exhausting. Especially for those who are parents of picky eaters — I know this from first-hand experience.

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Jul
06
2015

Hot or Cold: Banana Coconut Oatmeal & Blueberries

Enjoy this healthy and irresistible kid-friendly breakfast hot or chilled

We have oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast. I either make from scratch, reheat leftovers, or eat it chilled with some Greek yogurt (I usually make a big batch at the beginning of the week). To avoid boredom, I add lots of variety: apple cinnamon oatmeal,  baked oatmeal with berries, these delicious oatmeal muffins, or peanut butter and banana oatmeal (a kids favourite).

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Jul
03
2015

School's Out! 8 Kid-Friendly Easy Lunch Ideas

8 make-at-home lunch ideas for busy families during the summer break

School's out and lunch box packing is on hold for the summer. Phewf! Although home lunches may seem easier than packing school lunches, there are only so many peanut butter and jam sandwiches that your kids will eat (I say this, because this is often the lunch option that I often fall back on when I'm stumped for ideas).

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Jun
16
2015

Proposed Changes to Food Labels May Change Your Shopping

New proposed changes to Canadian labels are step in the right direction

New proposed changes to Canadian food labels are a step in the right direction, but not good enough

Nutrition labels in Canada may be changing, according to an announcement made on Friday by Canada's Minister of Health, in an effort to make reading food labels (ingredients lists and nutrition facts tables) easier for Canadians and encourage them to make healthier food choices.

The proposed changes include: 

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Jun
12
2015

Stay Hydrated: 5 Smart Habits You Need to Start Today

Setting a goal to drink more water is just not enough

5 Habits You Need to Start Today to Stay Hydrated

It's hard to stay hydrated and drink enough water throughout the day. We try to make sure our kids are hydrated by having cups of water nearby and reminding them to take sips, but we often forget to drink enough ourselves. Sometimes, it's not until we feel a headache coming on, or when we are super thirsty that we reach for a drink, which is often too late - we're already dehydrated. If you wait until you are thirsty to drink, you're likely falling behind - thirst is a sign that you're already dehydrated.

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We always have a stack of whole grain tortillas in our freezer because they are so versatile and have saved me from the dreaded last minute "what am I going to make for supper?!" panic more than a few times. Tortillas are great for throwing together a turkey, veggie and cheese wrap at the last minute, or for making easy burritos, thin-crust pizza or healthy quesadillas.

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Jun
02
2015

47 Resources for Help Feeding Your Picky Eater

Dietitian-Approved Kids Nutrition & Picky Eating Resources

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With so much nutrition information out there, it's hard to know who and what to trust. When it comes to feeding kids and picky eating issues, you want to make sure you're reading evidence-based information from credible sources. Because kids nutrition can be confusing and dealing with fussy feeders and picky eaters can be overwhelming (I know this first hand!), I've come up with a list of blogs, books, and Facebook pages that I personally follow, from experts that I admire and trust. Enjoy! 

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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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