How to Make Sure Picky Eaters Get The Nutrition They Need #FocusOnTheFacts

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This year we’ve made a conscious effort as a family to eat healthy, nutritious foods, and to do so, we’ve included our children in choosing our the foods we eat. But how do you make sure that the picky eater is getting the nutrition he needs?

Our younger son is a picky eater – meaning he could easily survive off cheeseburgers, pizza, and crackers. It’s a struggle to get him to eat fruits and veggies, so I have to get creative when it comes to making meals, and being sure to choose the right snacks.

We want to have our kids choosing nutritious foods, instead of foods that simply appear healthy – and how do we do that? By teaching them how to check the Nutrition Facts on food! The Nutrition Facts table (NFt) is found on most packaged food products in Canada, including our favourite breakfast cereals, canned goods, and frozen foods. The Nutrition Facts table is KEY in helping you choose the nutritious choice for your growing kids!

While our son is still too young to read, our 11 year old is excited to teach her brother all about the Nutrition Facts table and help our picky eater choose nutritious foods!

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The Nutrition Facts table is very easy to use, once you get the hang of it! It gives you information on:

  • serving size
  • calories
  • % of DV (daily value)

 

It’s easy to compare food using the Nutrition Facts table! First check on the serving size when comparing packaged foods, compare the calories based on serving size, and look at the percentage of daily value of nutrients found found in each food.

The % of DV works like this: 5% or less is a little, 15% or more is a lot – so check to see if the food has the nutrients you’re looking for, like fibre, protein, and vitamins! Doing this can help you decide if the food is a nutritious choose for your and your family – and especially for your picky eater!

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Foods high in sugar, sodium, and saturated + trans fats are not ones I would prefer for my picky eater to choose. It’s easy to compare products right in the grocery store if you take a few moments to consider the nutritional value in the food you choose.

You can learn more about making informed food choices by heading to the Focus on the Facts website and taking the quiz for a chance to win a $300 grocery gift card!

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It can be tricky to make sure that your family is getting the nutrition they require, especially when someone is a picky eater! That’s why I try to get them involved with food choices, and I try to educate them so that they can make their own choices as they grow up!

Do you read the Nutrition Facts table when choosing your food? How do you make nutritious choices for your family?

And head over to Focus on the Facts to test your knowledge and enter to win a $300 Grocery Gift Card!

 

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The Best is Yet to Come

The Best is Yet to Come Calendar

So yesterday’s post was tough, but today I’m looking forward to the future. We have so many dreams and ideas and thoughts about what’s going to happen in our lives. We asked ourselves if we could craft our lives, what would it look like? In answering that question we created some loose parameters to help point us to our future…

  • Family Time
    This past year has opened our eyes to how little time we spent with our kids. Correction – time spent WELL with our kids. Doing things we all enjoy doing – like biking, hiking, going to the beach and such. This time has to be prioritized moving forward as we can see how much our kids need us.
  • Passive Income
    Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur, is how I feel. Beyond developing multiple income streams, which we currently have, I’ve realised the need for passive income… income that continues to come in from a product or service that doesn’t need my attention at that moment.
  • Mobility
    We can’t be tied down to our jobs. We need to be able to take a break, or even a vacation, if necessary. We need to be able to travel, move around, and still make money. We need to have systems and people in place that run our businesses without us having to be there 24/7.
  • Health
    I can say with all my heart that we are both in the worst shape we have ever been in our lives. The lack of time, organization, and energy to make most of our meals is a large part of it. We also don’t prioritize time to be active. These both need to change.

This list helps me focus on what needs to happen and each decision moving forward needs to be able to compromise with our true needs. The best is yet to come, truly!

 

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Get Fit & Have Fun at Airhouse in Squamish

How to Get Fit and Have fun with Kids

Jump up, jump up, and get down! Do your kids love trampolines? Airhouse in Squamish is an indoor freestyle trampoline park, but it’s so much more than just a place to jump! Airhouse prides itself on being a progressive training facility that offers trampoline and conditioning programs for everyone, from toddlers to pro athletes!

Jumping on a trampoline has to be one of our family’s favourite pastimes – we were absolutely thrilled when Airhouse opened in Squamish this past year. It’s an amazing place to train, workout, be active and have fun with the whole family! Did you know that Airhouse also offers Summer Camps and Workout Programs?

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

FREESTYLE TRAMPOLINE SUMMER CAMPS

Are you looking for an active and fun summer camp for your kids? Camp Airhouse offers trampoline, bike, climbing, skateboarding, and digital camps from ages 3 to 15. These week long camps are a great way to explore freestyle trampoline training, also incorporating bike and skateboard techniques, to enhance your kids skills and have them try something new!

The unique Digital Camp is 100% focused on short action film making, and the films will premier at the Closing Camp Party. The summer camps at Airhouse are an amazing opportunity to take your skills to the next level, try something new, and making something your kids will be proud of! The summer camps vary in length depending on age, there are 3-day camps, as well as week-long half- and full-day camps.

Camp Airhouse really has something for everybody!

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

WORKOUT AT SWEAT STUDIO

Do you want to work out but have trouble finding time or childcare? Sweat Studio offers workout classes and Sweat Camps inside the Airhouse facility, which provides childcare while you’re busy getting buff! In Squamish, it’s quite difficult to find childcare at local gyms or yoga studios, so I’m super stoked that Airhouse offers this!

Moms are busy! I find it so difficult to schedule workout sessions in my life, especially because of lack of childcare. It’s so amazing to be able to workout at Airhouse, while your kids are not only being watched, but also being active! And I love that my daughter can see my exercising! I want to be a positive role model for her, especially in the tween years, and I want her to see that being active and healthy is important!

Sweat Studio at Airhouse makes it easy to get your workout in, while your kids are being active, too!

How to Get Fit and Have Fun with Kids! Trampoline park in Squamish

Airhouse is located at #401 – 1201 Commercial Way, Squamish. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see the latest from Airhouse!

All images courtesy of Vairdy Photography

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Is Carrageenan Safe?

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It’s super easy to get confused when it comes to discovering what’s in your food. I’ve been reading a lot about carrageenan, the latest buzz ingredient in the food science world, and I’ve been asking myself, “Is carrageenan safe for me and my family?” and why Food Science Matters!

Are you sitting there unsure of what carrageenan is? Carrageenan is a common ingredient that is extracted from red seaweed and is typically used as a thickener and emulsifier in ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, soy and almond milks, and other processed foods. You can even make it yourself!

 

Uyu Soft Serve Ice Cream Gastown

Uyu Soft Serve Ice Cream Gastown

How do you make carrageenan? You boil red seaweed with a little salt, adding a bit of alcohol, and then mixing it in a blender to release the natural carrageenan. The natural carrageenan can then be used in place of gelatin in many dessert recipes.

There are loads of research studies that can be found online about carrageenan, and along with food science facts, I also stumbled upon articles debating whether carrageenan is safe or not. Guess who agrees that carrageenan is safe? Regulatory bodies in Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, and, yes, the United States, have all decided that carrageenan is safe for use in food.

So if all these countries stated that carrageenan is safe in food, where is the controversy?

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Early studies that investigated carrageenan safety did not always test adequate amounts of carrageenan, and many studies used the wrong ingredient – that’s right, studies sometimes used poligeenan, which isn’t even used in foods. Many recent articles on carrageenan safety refer back to outdated, bad research!

Current research proves that carrageenan is safe in our food, beauty products, and toothpaste, too! Check out this awesome website on the History of Carrageenan Safety by Food Science Matters to learn even more. It’s important to take the time and carefully review the science of carrageenan.

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As a mother and wife, I purchase and make the food my family eats, and it’s super important for me to know what’s in the food I’m serving. It’s important for me to focus on the facts and the food science behind the food we eat. To learn more about carrageenan and other ingredients in our food, head to Food Science Matters, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Are you concerned with the food products you purchase? Have you heard of carrageenan before? How do you try to keep your food safe for your family?

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Food Science Matters, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #foodsciencematters http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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Adding Sparkle to Each Day #RethinkYourDrink

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This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and the Nestlé Pure Life #RethinkYourDrink sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

As a mom of two quick-growing kids, I’m always looking for ways to help incorporate a healthy and active habits into our lives. Sometimes that means trying new vegetables or going for long hikes. I find it helps me stay motivated to lose weight when my family is there with me!

Drinking enough water each day is a struggle for me! I start each and every morning with the best of intentions to stay hydrated and drink enough water throughout the day. I start with a litre of water each morning, then at work I attempt to remind myself to drink water, but by nightfall I realize that I sometimes don’t reach my water goal.

That’s why I was super stoked on trying out the Wellness Week Challenge featuring Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling Water. Rethink Your Drink by simply switching your sugared beverages for a Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling Carbonated Natural Spring Water. Do this once a day for 7 days you can say goodbye to extra sugar, calories, and sodium! It’s a delicious way to say buh-bye to sugary drinks, but also bring some life to your water-filled days!

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The sparkles add a bit of light to my everyday routine and makes me look forward to drinking water! It’s no longer something I have to do, but something that I want to do, and with five delicious flavours, it’s no wonder that I’ve become obsessed!

My favourite flavours have to be Raspberry Lime, Mandarin Orange, and Lemon, but I also really enjoy the Natural Sparkling Spring Water variety and add cut up fruits to the glass to add some colour to it!

Now, my kids are reaching for sparkling water rather than sugar-filled juices or pop cans, and I can feel good about that! I love that Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling Water contains 0 calories, 0 sugar, and 0 sodium, it’s helping me reach my weight loss goals day by day!

Want the easiest challenge you’ll ever take and maybe win a trip in the process?

It’s time to Rethink Your Drink! Register online at Sparkling7DayChallenge.ca and pledge to switch out one of your regular drink choices for a Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling water once a day for seven days.

Not only will you receive a coupon to save $3 off a case of Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling Water, six Canadians will have the chance to win a luxurious weekend away in Toronto.

It’s time to add some sparkle to your life. Register now.

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