As a part of my review on supplements, I am going to start with Juice Plus. Most of you have probably heard of Juice Plus, know someone who sells it, or have seen it at a tradefair.
What it is:
The Juice Plus slogan is: "The next best thing to fruits and vegetables." Canadians don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. And the most commonly consumed vegetable is potatoes! Juice Plus contains concentrates from 17 fruits, veggies and grains (capsules or chews) in Garden Blend, Orchard Blend and Vineyard Blend.
1) One major advantage of Juice Plus is that it is just fruits and veggies, with no isolated vitamins and minerals. The phytochemicals in foods work synergystically and you can't add them all to a traditional vitamin. Because of this, I like the idea of a whole foods supplement.
2) Juice Plus also has an impressive amount of quality research studies to support that the antioxidants are absorbed, it reduces oxidative stress, helps protect DNA and cardiovascular health and...
What it is: USANA Health Sciences has been in the direct sales market since 1992. I've been approached by reps in the past to check out their products, and have always declined. Until I ran into a dietitian selling them, and read her story about how her family eats well, but these supplements really increased their energy level. I trust dietitians. I'm also a tired mom - who doesn't want more energy?! So I thought it couldn't hurt to finally try out their multivitamins for myself.
The Mega Antioxidant and Multimineral Plus is the USANA multivitamin mix. It comes in 2 bottles and you take 2 pills from each, twice a day.
Pros: 1) Consumerlab.com has independent ratings of vitamins. They test that the supplement contains the amount of ingredient it claims, that the vitamin disintegrates and that the supplement wasn't lead contaminated (none were, except one supplement for pets). USANA was approved (although it exceeds the Upper Limit for niacin and folic acid). As far...
More than once I have been asked: “I can’t breastfeed, can I make my baby homemade infant formula instead of buying commercial formula?” It’s a very simple answer (although I will provide you with other alternatives) –N.O.
Despite what your chiropractor or naturopath says, it is not safe. A nephrologist knows that new infants have troubles digesting the large proteins in cow’s milk. The chiropractor? Does not know, but claims to know. Side note: Homemade or “natural” formulas are not appropriate for infants. I have seen them lead to bowel growth problems in the short term and the long-term consequences are unknown. Puleeeeze make sure you are getting very important nutrition information for your infant from someone who knows what they are talking about (a pediatrician or pediatric dietitian). It could save your baby’s life.
Ok, off of that rant. Weston Price Foundation has popular homemade baby formula recipes. One, which is...
I keep on hearing around the internet that babies should not be fed grains before age 1. Maybe age 2. The reason given is that until that age, babies don’t make enough amylase, an enzyme that digests complex carbohydrates. Sounds scientific. But what about the complex carbs in fruits and veggies. I’ve never heard to delay vegetables…this theory sounds like a bit fishy. A shoot-off from the anti-grain-diet popularity in the adult world. Which is a bit sad, really. Transferring the newest fad diet onto our babies?! But maybe there is proof of this. Although I haven’t seen one reference on the opinion blogs I read on this topic, so I am skeptical. But if there is, I certainly want to know, as a mom of young kids and dietitian specializing in babies! So here’s what I found out.
Amylase is present in saliva as well as produced by the pancreas. To look first at salivary amylase, it’s important to know that very little digestion occurs in the...
Check out my appearance on Global Calgary for Calgary's Child Magazine. I was discussing Baby Led Weaning including why you would choose this method of introducing solids, the risks and how to alleviate them, and some good starter foods: http://globalnews.ca/video/1045008/baby-nutrition-calgarys-child
If you want to learn more, click here to sign up for my free webinar: "How to Get Started With Baby Led Weaning."
3/4 cup quinoa
1.5 cups water
1 cup diced zucchini
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup thawed frozen baby peas
1 cup diced red pepper
1/2 cup diced yellow or orange pepper
4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp chopped oregano (or 2 tsp dried oregano)
1 tsp minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup mini bocconcini cheese
1) Cook Quinoa: Rinse quinoa in a strainer. Bring to a boil with the water in a saucepan. Cover and reduce heat to simmer, cooking for 10 more minutes. Turn heat off and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
2) Mix together zucchini, tomato, red onion, peas, red and yellow peppers in a large bowl.
3) Mix dressing: whisk vinegar, olive oil, mustard, oregano, garlic and salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
4) Pour dressing over veggies. Add quinoa and bocconcini and mix.
There are many reasons why you may choose to buy organic food. Maybe you believe it is healthier, more environmentally friendly. I often think organics simply taste better, although blind tests prove
this is not actually true. I’ve been reading and learning more about the organic industry lately, and most of this new-to-me information is disappointing. It would be fantastic if buying organic lead to pesticide-free, more nutrient-dense food that had less of an environmental impact on the environment and could still feed the world. However I’m not so sure that is the case.
Are Organics Pesticide-Free?
I have always promoted organics for pregnant women and small children, to decrease pesticide exposure. I was surprised to learn that organic production is NOT pesticide-free. The pesticides used just must be naturally derived rather than synthetically produced. (Here’s a list of allowed natural pesticides in organic food production in the US.) Natural...
When meal planning, it's a great idea to cook the main protein in bulk, and use it in a variety of recipes throughout the week. Saves so much time! One of my favourite cookbooks that uses this concept is Robin Millers Quick Fix Meals. The Turkey Chili recipe below makes a huge batch and is great on it's own. Or adapt leftovers to make the cookbook's turkey lasagna, burritos and flauta recipes!
Turkey Chili (from Quick Fix Meals by Robin Miller, pg 128)
4 tsp olive oil, divided
2 pounds ground turkey breast
1 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
¼ cup chili powder
2 Tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
2 Bay leaves
½ tsp salt
½ tsp crushed red peppers
two 28oz cans diced tomatoes
3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
two 8oz can tomato sauce
two 15 oz cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
two 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed drained.
Garnishes: shredded cheese. Sour cream, green onions
1) Heat 2...
At starting solids classes I always get questions about when to start solids and concern with iron levels. It's true that the most important nutrient your baby needs from food after 6 months of age is iron. Their stores from before birth run out at around 6 months of age, and iron is important for both physical and mental development. But did you know that there's something you can do during the birth that will positively or negatively affect your baby's iron stores for months? Delayed umbilical cord clamping. While iron levels are easy to check with a blood test, I would be less concerned about a baby slow to take to solids who had delayed cord clamping, as they have been shown to have higher iron levels.
What is delayed cord clamping? Leaving the umbilical cord attached to the placenta until it stops pulsing, which takes about 3-7 minutes (1). Depending on your doctor, many clamp the baby's umbilical cord within 30 seconds (midwives practice delayed clamping). The...
Thanks for Ashlee from Indulgence at Home Personal Chef for this recipe! Great for the lunch box.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chickpeas- adapted from cookbook Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas (or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas)
¾ C. brown sugar or coconut sugar
¾ C. butter or coconut oil
2 egg whites or 1 egg
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 C. whole wheat flour or gluten free all-purpose flour
½ C. old fashioned oats
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¾ C. nuts (optional)
¾ C. raisins (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray or
2. In a stand mixer, beat sugar and butter or coconut oil until smooth.
3. Beat in egg whites (or 1 egg), vanilla and chickpeas. Mix to your liking for the chickpea
4. In a separate bowl, mix together: flour, oats, baking soda and salt.
5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix...