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Nutrition & Feeding

A topic that frequently comes up in my counselling practice is protein. How much does my baby or child need, how do I make sure they’re...

It’s that time of the year again! Colds are inevitable, especially for school-aged children. All three of my kids were hit by a cold before the school year even began! Although there is no sure way to prevent a cold or flu, there are a...

It’s that time of the year again – back-to-school season! In many ways, September often feels like the true start of the year. I find myself making new goals, committing to new activities, and enjoying the feeling of starting fresh.

You have no doubt heard about the amazing benefits of omega-3 fats. And you were probably even told to eat omega-3-rich foods during pregnancy, or take a prenatal supplement with added DHA (that’s a type of omega-3).

Parenting is tough. It’s hard to know what to say and what not to say. When it comes to feeding kids our well-intentioned efforts often lead to verbal “encouragement” or “discouragement” based on how they are eating.

What kid doesn’t like a treat? I’m fairly confident that there is a “loves chocolate” gene, because I definitely passed it along to my kids. I have always loved chocolate.

We’ve all been there. The evening supper rush. It’s 5:00pm and you have to get your son to soccer by 5:45pm.

There’s nothing more frustrating that spending a large portion of your afternoon/evening preparing and serving a meal only to have your child say he doesn’t like it without even taking a bite. It happens to all parents, me included.

What food is your baby ready for?

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4 months old Begin with an iron-fortified cereal (rice, oat). Start with one tsp. of prepared cereal, ensuring the texture is runny. Gradually reduce the amount of liquid. A baby will start with 2 to 3 tsp. once a day and progress from there. learn more
5 months old Begin with an iron-fortified cereal (rice, oat) or puréed single ingredients like apples, bananas, pears, butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Try each new food on its own for a couple days to watch for allergies or intolerances. learn more
6 months old Start serving puréed fruits, vegetables and iron-rich proteins with cereal like oatmeal or brown rice. You could try apples, bananas, pears, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, strained chicken or turkey. learn more
7 months old Now that baby has had a variety of fruits, veggies and protein, experiment with flavours. Mild herbs and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and basil help babies develop their palates, making the transition to table food easier. learn more
8 months old After enjoying cereal and puréed fruit, veggies and meat, baby may be ready for new textures. Introduce mashed versions of fruits and veggies and finger foods like ripe banana, peas, pasta and cheese. You can also add yogurt into the diet. learn more
9 months old After enjoying cereal and puréed fruit, veggies and meat, baby may be ready for new textures. Introduce mashed versions of fruits and veggies and finger foods like ripe banana, peas, pasta and cheese. learn more
10 months old Your baby is now ready to eat all cereals, fruits including berries and citrus, and vegetables including corn, spinach and tomatoes. You can also add whole eggs and all types of fish to their diet. learn more
11 months old Your baby is now ready to eat all cereals, fruits including berries and citrus, and vegetables including corn, spinach and tomatoes. You can also add whole eggs and all types of fish to their diet. learn more
12 months old Your baby is adapting to a greater range of foods and becoming more curious. Continue to offer variety with puréed, mashed, diced and bite-sized pieces. Veggies should still be gently cooked and meat tender and bite-sized. learn more

growing up gourmet

meet our registered dietitian, sarah remmer
Sarah Remmer, RD is a mom of three, a Registered Dietitian and owner of a nutrition consulting and communications company based in Calgary, AB.

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Every Sunday, I pull out one cookbook and have my kids go through it to choose things that sound good to them. They each get to pick one night, and we do a kids' choice bonus night.