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How to eat more whole grains at home

Do you think your child eats the recommended amount of whole grains
every day? Canadian guidelines recommend that half of the grain products we eat in a day
should be whole grains. Here are some ways to gradually increase whole grains in the diet.

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Nutrition Literacy with Healthy Start! Cooking and Learning with Children

Cooking is a wonderful learning opportunity for children. Don’t be afraid to invite children in the kitchen to help you. Whether it’s at home, at the childcare centre or in the classroom, children have so much to gain from preparing meals and snacks.. Encouraging children to help you in the kitchen  will increase their knowledge and curiosity in several areas. (more…)

Picky Eaters

Does your child refuse to eat at mealtime or reject certain foods? It’s important to know that children’s tastes can change considerably, even from day to day. However, children should not be forced to eat foods and food should not be used as a reward. Ellyn Satter, a nutritionist specialising in the division of responsibility in feeding, believes quite the opposite, emphasizing that you must be persistent and serve a food often to children so that they can get used to it. Children should be allowed to look at food and touch it, and taste it only when they feel they are ready to do so. The most important thing is to give children the freedom to choose what they eat. She says that children need to be exposed to a food many times before they accept it.

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The Perfect Packed Lunch

Fall is just around the corner and September means back-to-school. Here are a few tricks and ideas to help you prepare lunches for your young child:

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Water in winter?

People might think that water consumption isn’t as important over the winter, but dehydration can occur year round, even in the cold Canadian climate. Here are some important tips on staying hydrated over the winter months, as well as some tricks to put some colourful splash into your winter water.

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Trick or Treating @ Home

Trick or treating with a preschooler can be difficult. The weather may turn cold, October could welcome several inches of snow, and a late night for little ones can cause meltdowns. Not to mention the large amount of sugar children receive and having to dodge the many excited older children on the street; trick or treating on Halloween can quickly go from fun to done. Don’t stress! Below is a list of preschool friendly alternatives to traditional trick or treating: (more…)

Making Meal Preparation a Family Affair!

Nutrition Month may be over but we are always thinking of how to incorporate new ideas into our daily routines. Looking back at March we thought we would highlight some of the great ideas we came across! This year’s theme was ‘Eating 9 to 5’ and was geared towards helping Canadians eat healthier while at work or school. (more…)

Surviving and Thriving the Holiday Season

During the holidays, routine can become a less important part of our lives! With visiting family and friends, we tend to eat more. We don’t always know how to keep the children busy. Here are a few ideas to stay active and maintain healthy eating habits over the holidays: (more…)

Reading Food Packaging

The information on foods’ packaging can help you make healthy choices in the grocery store. Here are some tips to help you understand the information listed on grocery items.

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Tips for healthy eating that won’t break the bank!

Healthy eating can sometimes come at a cost…but it doesn’t have to! We’ve compiled a list of tips and reminders to help you shop on a budget and help you find ways to store fresh foods for longer periods of time:

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Helping Your Picky Eater

There are many reasons why children might not eat some foods. Sometimes they’re learning that they can say no or other times the food tastes too strong for their young taste buds. Often, however, it can be that they just aren’t used to the food, and they need more chances to experience the food before they will eat it.

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This time of year can be busy!

Between holiday parties and school concerts, you might feel as though you don’t have enough time to eat healthy foods. It’s important to maintain a routine around meal times even when you’re busy since it helps preschoolers learn to listen to their bodies and eat enough food for all they do in a day.

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Healthy Start was the kick start we needed to make changes in our centre.

- Director (SK)