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Bringing Balance: Get Real with your Food

There’s a lot of talk these days about eating clean or eating real (I’ll admit to being part of that chatter!). What’s all the talk about? The basic concept is getting to a place where you and your family are eating mostly one-ingredient, whole, unprocessed foods. The advantages to your family of getting “real” are many: Real, unprocessed food is ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: 5 Simple changes for 2013

1.This New Year’s, don’t bite off more than you can chew — literally!  Most resolutions fail because they involve too many big changes at once. Take it one step, or bite, at a time. Make one manageable change, keep it up for a month or so until it’s become a habit, then start working on your next positive change the ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Holiday Family Food

The holidays often lead to overindulgence, and not just for adults! Too much sugar and junk can lead to a whole host of unpleasant side-effects for our kids, including mood swings, exhaustion, tantrums, belly aches, and lowered immunity. To make matters worse, our children’s regular physical activities are often suspended for the holidays and replaced by more sedentary time spent ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: During the Holidays

This one’s for the mamas and the papas out there, but remember that your habits, even during the holidays, affect your kids too, because they are always watching and learning from you.   Staying healthy over the holidays can be challenging, but with a little planning and a few helpful strategies, it's absolutely possible! Here are a few of my ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Warm Me Up Soup

  Here’s a delicious, nutritious & filling way to incorporate our local root veggies and warm up the family after a visit to the rink or a morning of raking leaves. It’s just got a little kick – not too spicy, so even the littlest of people can enjoy it. Top it with a dollop of greek yoghurt or a ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Don’t throw out your Jack O’ Lantern’s brains! Pumpkin seeds are super healthy and so simple and fun to toast up post-carving! Pumpkin seeds, or “pepitas”, are a very good source of magnesium and manganese, and a good source of zinc, various phytochemicals and vitamin E.  Lightly toasting them brings out the flavour, and is as easy as a quick ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Caramelly Apple Dip

Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  I just mixed this one up and then proceeded to eat most of it with a crunchy Granny Smith, and it’s only 9:15 a.m.  Don’t tell anyone! This is a quick and easy caramel dip your family can enjoy with our delicious local fall apples.  The greek yoghurt provides protein, and the molasses is a source of ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Healthy Fats

The last couple of decades have involved a number of low and no-fat crazes which have left a lot of us avoiding fat. On top of that, the media is constantly barraging us with reports about various fats to avoid and include in our family’s diet. If you find it all a tad confusing and overwhelming, you are not alone. ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Food Additives

What’s in a Name? Common Food Additives and Their Aliases In the process of researching ingredients in commercial products for the healthy family food cookbook I’m working on, I’ve learned that one additive can go by many names, making it really tricky for consumers to identify and avoid certain ingredients.  I thought parents might appreciate a “cheat sheet” on some ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Lunchbox Essentials

For those of you hoping to entice your children to eat more of school lunch this year, or for parents of new students, prettying up the lunchbox can make a big difference in how the weekday lunch goes over. So can portioning food properly, keeping it at the right temperature, and, in some cases, keeping different foods from “touching” (we’ve ... Read More »