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Mom – what’s for dinner?

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Mom – what’s for dinner?

Meal planning seems to be the theme of the hour lately with my clients. You are strapped for time and find it exhausting to get home from work with your kids whining “what’s for dinner?”. Often it ends up being scrambled eggs and toast again tonight, or take out. While there’s nothing wrong with frequenting your neighbourhood drive thru, when it becomes too frequent nutrition and your pocket book suffer. To make life easier here are a few general tips.

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My child won’t eat green peas!

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My child won’t eat green peas!

Ah the green pea, or whatever green vegetable you are battling at the moment. Believe me I know what you are going through. Those green vegetables seem to be the last lonely thing on the plate and all you want to do is ever so gently force your child to at least try them. But you resist because you’ve read my other posts about why you shouldn’t do that. Why do some kids baulk at the sight of anything green on their plates while others eat them without question? Let’s find out.

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Your child’s brain on banana’s: Best foods to support your child’s learning

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Your child’s brain on banana’s: Best foods to support your child’s learning

Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to do a webinar for my friend’s tutoring business Beyond the Classroom (http://beyondtheclassroom.ca/). My topic: Your Child’s brain on banana’s: Best foods to support your child’s learning. In this presentation I provided some nutrition education around what our brains need for learning and shared some “brain” power foods. Here is a synopsis of what I talked about.

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Your top 5 most asked questions – answered!

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Your top 5 most asked questions – answered!

All parents have questions about how to feed their children. It can be hard to navigate all the nutrition information that pops into your social media groups, or regular Sunday dinner. Here are 5 answers to the questions often asked during consultations.

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Jen’s Top 10 for 2016

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As 2015 comes to a close and a new year is upon us I want to thank all of my Beansprout Nutrition supporters! I’ve had the great fortune of meeting many amazing families this year and supporting their journey to healthy living. I’ve been practicing nutrition and dietetics for 18 years and the people I meet continue to inspire me daily. The top 10 list below is a mix of thoughts and advice that we’ve experienced together this year and are for your family as well as your own health. Find inspiration in them for a healthy and happy 2016.

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The sticky topic of Halloween candy

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The sticky topic of Halloween candy

As you send your ghosts and goblins out into the night tomorrow to collect a ridiculous amount of candy it’s timely to think about how to manage the loot with your daily healthy eating. The following post comes to you from an expert pediatric dietitian Ellyn Satter and has been reposted with permission. As I’ve said before if you have established normal healthy eating habits then a couple of days of over-indulgence won’t tip the balance the wrong way.

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Preserving the family meal this fall

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Preserving the family meal this fall

As I sat on the back deck with my husband and kids this week eating dinner it suddenly occurred to me that the long lazy days of summer will soon come to an end. Summer days have been long and wonderfully relaxing. If your family is like mine your enjoyed many meals together outside and perhaps lingered a little longer at the dinner table because there were less activities to get to.

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