Curb your kid’s food cravings
Just like adults, most children crave certain foods. While some love potato chips, pretzels and French fries (like my older son), others love ice cream, cookies and candy (like my younger one). However the majority of foods that kids crave tend to be of the snack food kind that are usually high in fat, sugar and salt, which tend to appeal to their undeveloped taste buds.
Cooking for one
Quick and easy meal planning and preparation for one can sometimes be a challenge. But just because you may be eating solo doesn’t mean that your meals and snacks shouldn’t contain a variety of flavours and textures from all four-food groups.
New Year’s resolutions for kids!
Everybody’s talking about how kids these days are more inactive and overweight than ever. This year, it might be a good idea to set out a few healthy New Year's Resolutions for the whole family.
Beyond the bathroom scale: new ways to lose weight
Weight loss is consistently one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. If it’s one of yours this year, don’t just rely on your scale but concentrate on taking the most effective steps to lose – and maintain – your weight.
Kicking bad food habits
Between the demands of school, homework and after school activities, healthy eating habits can often take a back seat to what is convenient, quick and easy such as frequent trips to the drive-thru, skipping meals and filling up on less nutritious foods.
Eat, drink, but be wary
’Tis the season to be merry – however overdoing it in the festive food and drink departments during this season may leave you merry-less if you gain weight and take in too much fat and sugar, which of course are not good for the heart.
Introducing meatless meals
As vegetarianism becomes more popular in pre-teens, you may be wondering if your children can still get the nutrients they need to grow to be healthy and strong just eating these foods.
Often called nutrient powerhouses, nuts are loaded with heart healthy nutrients such as fibre and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help lower bad cholesterol levels.
Liven up your kids’ taste buds
When work and school schedules become routine, sometimes the meals you prepare and serve to your families can become routine as well. Liven up your kid’s meals and taste preferences by adding some flare to the foods that you make.
Heart-healthy 100-calorie snacks
Snacking is part of our eating culture in Canada. But often we grab on the go and snack without thinking – which can sometimes lead to unwanted weight gain. But healthy snacking can actually help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
With summer ending and back to school beginning, it’s important to make sure that your kids are eating well. But how do you prepare and cook healthy meals with today’s hectic schedules?
With summer now at an official end, getting back to work and school routines can be a real challenge. Why not start your days by livening up your breakfast with some easy, traditional recipes from around the world?
Hey kids! Test your food IQ!
Bet you know a lot about healthy foods, right? Well, here’s your chance to show off. Try this quiz to see how much you really do know.
Have your cake and eat it, too
Let’s be honest, desserts have somehow become taboo – you may want to eat them, but think you shouldn’t because they’re unhealthy and may make you gain weight. But think about this: if you constantly deny yourself a little pleasure, you may end up sabotaging your healthy eating habits in the process.
The skinny on fats
With all the reports that say our kids are overweight and obese, as a parent, you may think it’s a good idea to put your family on a no-fat diet. That’s not only unhealthy, but also unrealistic. The best way to handle fats is to know which ones are healthy and which ones to limit and avoid.
Fuel your activity
Many people feel that as they become more physically active, they should eat less too. Well consider this: As a car needs fuel to move, so does your body. If you do not eat the right kinds of foods at the right times to support your activity, you won’t be getting the most out of your workouts.
Put a stop to pop
We often talk about how to get your kids to eat healthy, but what about getting them to drink healthy? What your child drinks can have an effect on their waistlines – and as a result, their heart health, too.
With more vegetables and fruit available during the warmer weather, you would think that it would be easier to eat healthy, but many summertime foods, such as hamburgers and ice cream contain artery-clogging fats.
Lose weight without dieting
With spring in the air, we all look forward to fitting into our warm-weather clothes. But when you try on your shorts and can’t zip them up, don’t think you have to turn to a crash diet to get back into them.
Are you a stress snacker?
While that big bag of potato chips or tub of ice cream may make you feel like you’re treating yourself, in reality, they may leave you feeling worse than before you indulged.