Sarah Remmer: The Non-Diet Dietitian

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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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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