Sarah Remmer: The Non-Diet Dietitian

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!)

Holiday eating tips

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

These muffins are a fun, healthy, kid-friendly twist on a traditional oatmeal breakfast. (And it freezes well, too!) | YMCFood

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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Nov
13
2014

10 Processed Foods this Dietitian Will Feed Her Kids

at my house, Healthy eating doesn't mean "perfect eating"

As a nutrition expert who consults with and writes for other Moms about how to best feed their families, I sometimes feel  pressure to be the perfect feeding role model; to post pictures of my son and I chopping freshly-picked-out-of-our-backyard-garden tomatoes for homemade salsa or to write about why homemade hummus is just as easy (and much healthier) than the store-bought stuff.

Well, I have a confession to make. I'm a Mom and a Registered Dietitian who feeds her kids packaged foods sometimes. I'm not perfect. And it's time to get real

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Oct
30
2014

How Halloween Can Boost Your Child's Relationship With Food

Instead of stressing about the candy overload, use it as a teaching tool for healthy and balanced eating

As much as you feel the need to play "treat police" this Halloween, try not to. It's no fun for you as parents, and it takes the joy out of Halloween for your kids. Instead, take advantage of this holiday by using it as a teaching tool for healthy and balanced eating habits—an excuse to actually improve your child's long-term relationship with food. 

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Oct
07
2014

Know The Danger Zone: 3 Ways To Safely Thaw A Turkey

Learn how to safely thaw your holiday turkey

Learn how to safely thaws your holiday turkey to avoid bacterial growth and cross-contamination.

It's almost turkey time! If you're anything like me, you LOVE turkey dinner, but you get a bit squeamish at the thought of handling raw poultry. When it comes to thawing your turkey, you want to pay close attention to food safety in order to avoid cross-contamination and bacteria growth. The safest way to thaw a turkey is in the refrigerator, where the entire turkey will remain at a cool and at a safe temperature while thawing, or in cold water if you're tight for time. 

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Oct
03
2014

7 Foods Dietitians Won't Feed Their Kids

Processed foods that most nutrition experts won't feed their kids, and what to offer instead

I'm not one to deny my kids a tasty treat, and I certainly don't make any food "forbidden," but there are some convenience foods that I don't buy for my kids, mostly because the ingredients list is a mile long, full of sugar, artificial flavours and colours, preservatives, fillers, and other chemicals. When it comes to feeding my kids, my number one priority is that they eat real food, not food-like items (most of the time).

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Sep
25
2014

Five Nutritious and Kid-Friendly Ways To Enjoy Cheese

Plus, A Recipe For Heathy, Cheesy Burritos Your Kids Will Love

Five Nutritious and Kid-Friendly Ways To Enjoy Cheese

It's rare that I serve a meal without cheese. It adds a generous dose of calcium for healthy bones and teeth, as well as protein which helps create a feeling of fullness after a meal. The best part about adding cheese to a meal though, is the comfort that it brings. Cheese brings homecooked meals to a whole new level of deliciousness —it's the component of the meal that makes you close your eyes and savour every bite.

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Sep
24
2014

Why Artificial Sweeteners May Be Causing You To Gain Weight

Why you should rethink your daily consumption of artificial sweeteners

Why Artificial Sweeteners May Be Causing You To Gain Weight

If you consume artificial sweeteners such as Splenda (sucralose), Equal (aspartame) and Sweet n' Low (saccharine), you may be putting yourself at risk of metabolic disorders such as Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, a recent study suggests. 

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Sep
22
2014

Why You Should Teach Your Kids To "Eat In A Circle"

If your child belongs to the "eat only one thing on my plate club," this blog post is for you

Does your child belong to the "eat one thing and one thing only on my plate club"? If it's a yes, you're not alone. 

I recently received a question on my Facebook Fan Page from a Mom who was stumped on whether or not she should give in to her toddler's request for second helpings of his favourite food, when leaving the more nutrient-dense foods untouched on his plate:

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Sep
12
2014

5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Blood Pressure And Health In Check

And the Link Between Lifestyle Choices and Hypertension

5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Blood Pressure And Health In Check

Even though I'm a Registered Dietitian, eat a healthy balanced diet (most of the time) and make physical activity part of my daily routine, I am not immune to developing health problems. Because high blood pressure—also known as hypertension—runs in my family (both of my parents have it), I am at an increased risk of developing it. If I continue to take good care of myself by eating well and staying active, I may be able prevent hypertension, but if my blood pressure eventually does creep up, I will do my best to keep it well controlled.

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Sep
10
2014

Teacher As Nutrition Cop: Our Dietitian's Take

Should teachers be playing the role of "food police"?

When I received an e-mail from my son's new preschool outlining their "no treat" snack policy (even for birthdays), my first thought was, "where's the fun?" followed quickly by, "and what, exactly, is considered a treat?" But what really got me was the teacher's list of healthy choices, which included cereal bars, pudding cups, fruit s

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Sep
08
2014

5 Kid-Friendly Ideas To Include Veggies In Family Meals

How to make vegetables fun and delicious for your kids

5 Kid-Friendly Ideas To Include Veggies In Family Meals

If there's one food group that tends to be the source of family food battles, it's vegetables. Veggies, especially the nutritious green ones, are often bitter-tasting and therefore don't appeal to children as much as other foods. As parents though, we do whatever we can to get our kids to eat some vegetables every day (even just a few bites!) because we know the nutritional benefits they provide. 

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Aug
29
2014

15 Dietitian-Approved Lunch Box Staples

Take the stress out of packing healthy school lunches with these tips and ideas from our Registered Dietitian

The first day of school is right around the corner, and many of us are faced with the seemingly daunting task of packing healthy lunches every day for our kids. Because this seems to be a common source of anxiety for moms everywhere, I thought I'd create a list of kid-friendly lunch-box staples that have my dietitian's stamp of approval.

But first, here are five tips that will help you feel a little less overwhelmed and a little more prepared for making healthy lunches that you kids will actually eat: 

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Aug
25
2014

Boost Your Chances of Conceiving By Improving Your Diet

Simply improving the way you eat can boost your chances of becoming pregnant

When you and your partner make the decision to have a baby, the initial excitement and happiness that you feel at the thought of conceiving can slowly turn into worry and anxiety if it doesn't happen right away. The deep desire to become a mom is like no other—it can be all-consuming and heart wrenching. And the waiting game...almost agonizing.

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Aug
06
2014

Top 5 Healthy Lunches For Work-At-Home Moms

When time is precious, quick and easy lunches are a must

Being a work-at-home Mom is blissful for so many reasonsyou are able to stay in your pajamas for the better part of the day, the coffee is free and flowing, and you're available for your little ones when they need you (ok, maybe not always so blissful).

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