All About Breakfast

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Have you ever wondered if breakfast really is the most important meal of the day?  Essentially, breakfast is an important meal and eating breakfast on a regular basis has many benefits. The word “breakfast” or “break the fast” refers to eating something after “fasting” for 8 to 12 hours. It allows the body to refuel after a period of not eating. Eating breakfast also kickstarts your metabolism for the day, letting your body know that it won’t need to conserve calories in order to make it through the day. This, in turn, helps your body to work more efficiently, throughout your day.  Sometimes during busy mornings or after hitting snooze one too many times, it can be hard to find the time to prepare and eat a balanced breakfast but fitting it in can really make a difference to how you feel for the rest of the day. Here are some quick and easy tips and recipes to help you stay on track and make healthy breakfasts a regular part of your day.

Back to School Nutrition

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Summer has come to an end and school is starting back up again. With all the excitement of new classes, seeing school friends again and getting back into a routine, sometimes meal planning and healthy eating can be the last thing on our mind. It is, however, important to consider that healthy foods and balanced meals are important to fuel the mind to improve performance in the classroom. Fortunately, there are ways to stay organized and plan in advance for breakfasts on busy mornings, school lunches and snacks for throughout the day. Here are some tips and tricks on how to stay on track with these things, as well as some easy back to school recipes.

Food and Mood

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Have you ever considered how food affects your mood? Most people associate the food they eat with how it makes them feel physically. For example, it is easy to notice that eating a few too many pizza slices may leave you feeling full or bloated, or that having dairy when you lactose intolerant will likely lead you right to the bathroom. What might not be so clear to see, is that what we eat may also affect our mood and the way we feel mentally. This means that by being more mindful of eating healthy and meeting our nutrient requirements, it is possible to stay more energized, enhance our mood and ultimately feel better.

Gardening Tips, for Beginners

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Gardening is a great hobby for many reasons. It is a time to reconnect with nature and yourself, allows you to get some fresh air and it provides an opportunity for light physical activity. The best benefit of all is that you can enjoy your own organic produce! Being able to enjoy the food you grow can give you a sense of achievement. I get a great sense of accomplishment when I get to enjoy a fresh kale salad straight from my garden.

HEALTHY EATING: VACATION EDITION!

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Summer is my favorite time of the year. The warm weather, sunny blue skies and delicious barbecue eats are something I can never get enough of! Summer also means more road trips and vacations. As an avid traveller myself, I know how eating healthy during vacation can be a bit of a challenge.

We have a New Food Guide and this Dietitian Loves it!

Written by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

The  newest installment of Canada’s Food Guide was launched in Montreal, on Tuesday January 22, 2019 by Federal Health Minister, Ginette Peptitapas Taylor.

This food guide takes a modern approach to communicating nutrition information to consumers, health professionals and policy makers. On the brand new Health Canada website there is a suite of resources that includes information related to healthy food choices, eating habits, recipes, tips for meal planning, and nutrition information for individuals of all ages and stages of life.

The Prudent Prune for Powerful Bones

January, 2019

Written by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Disclaimer: I partnered with California Prune Board for this Blog Post, however, all opinions are my own. Prunes are a healthy part of my, diet; why not make them part of yours, this year.

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, with friends and family. Are you like me and now feel ready to eat well, add in a bit more activity and get back into your usual routine? I am not usually one for resolutions, but I do like to begin the year with some new recipes and a few creative ways to include healthy foods in my diet, with a focus on a few nutrition and health goals.