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Confessions of a Hummus-Hater

September 20, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: kids, school, food allergies

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Confessions of a Hummus-Hater

It’s everywhere: lurking in lunch boxes, occupying dip bowls on party tables and busting out of grocery store deli cases. That deliciously creamy garlic spread that goes with just about anything, hummus. I hate it. It’s the food that reminds me of my son’s life threatening allergy.

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Fresh Ideas for School Lunches

September 4, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: kids lunches, back to school

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Fresh Ideas for School Lunches

When I was a kid, lunch consisted of a ham sandwich, a peanut butter sandwich or if it was a Tuesday, fast food fried chicken and fries that my mom would drop off right before the bell. I loved Tuesdays.

At this time of year, everyone is looking for new ideas for packed lunches that kids won’t turn their nose up at (and then promptly chuck in the garbage) and will give them the nutrition they need to fuel them for the day. I know my mom struggled with this and often ended up defaulting to the less healthy options she knew my brothers and I would eat. + MORE

Cooking Together Can Payoff

August 23, 2012 by Kenton Delisle | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: kids, Healthy Eating, contest

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Cooking Together Can Payoff

My niece and nephews, with the help of their Dad, often make short films and videos of their activities - everything from music videos to action figures and monsters battling to save the earth.

They also make things together in the kitchen. This got me thinking: why not combine the two and have them make a video of them cooking together? Then it all came together as I realised the Hands On Cook-Off Contest is on again (It runs until Sept 3rd). + MORE

When Baby is Vomiting and has Diarrhea

July 12, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: baby, illness, dehydration

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When Baby is Vomiting and has Diarrhea

It hit me first and then went on to my infant son. Of all the things we share in our family, a case of gastroenteritis (a.k.a. the stomach flu) was something that I’d have preferred to keep to myself. It was worrying to see him vomiting up the milk from three feedings in a row - and then there was the diarrhea.

We called 8-1-1 to get advice from a Registered Nurse at HealthLink BC who asked us questions about our son’s health. The nurse advised us to take him to our doctor to be checked to see if he was dehydrated. + MORE

Baby food: Mashed, Minced or Lumpy

July 3, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: first foods, baby

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Baby food: Mashed, Minced or Lumpy

One of the gifts we received after our son was born was a baby food blender.These mini-blenders are meant to help parents make their own baby food, which is great, but they tend to leave baby’s food in a smooth pureed texture.

While pureed food makes for an easy introduction to solid foods, babies quickly need more texture to help them develop their eating skills. + MORE

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