How to Raise Active Kids

No one is more excited to watch their toddlers take their first steps than mom and dad, but soon enough you are secretly wishing they would just “sit still for one moment.”  Parenting toddlers and children with endless energy is exhausting and seemingly never ending, but somewhere along the way to the teen years our kids start…

How to Raise Healthy Kids

Raising healthy kids is an important part of laying the foundation for a future generation of healthy adults and healthy families. In theory raising healthy kids is pretty simple – eating a well balanced diet and getting plenty of activity, but in reality kids are less active than ever and filling up on convenience packaged…

Top 5 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Research shows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it gets your metabolism going, gives you energy for the day, helps you concentrate and, if you eat one of these healthy breakfasts, you will be getting much of your daily requirement of fruit, grains, calcium and protein. A healthy breakfast includes: Fruit for their many…

Active Kids: 10 Ideas to Keep Kids Active All Summer

Just imagine, it’s day 2 of summer vacation and you hear “I’m bored!!” It’s like nails on a chalkboard and you wonder how you will ever survive the next 8 weeks of school break. A recent article from Canadian Press looked at the benefits of giving kids free time outdoors to explore nature and use their…

Triathlon Tips for Kids: Swim, Bike, Run, Fun

Triathlons for kids are popping up in communities all across Canada and with the recent announcement from the Active Healthy Kids Canada 2014 Report Card that kids are getting a D- in physically activity levels, this is great to see. Most kids triathlons are based on fun first and not competition and that must be…

Pumping Up: The Power of Strength Training

Going to the gym has been as much a part of my life as going to sleep at night or eating breakfast. You know how sometimes you stay up too late or skip breakfast, but the days you stay on track you feel great? Well, the gym is no different. Occasionally I have had a few…

Healthy Eating: School Lunches Get a Failing Grade

I love volunteering in my kids classrooms at school but I don’t love when I volunteer over the lunch break and I see what the other children have packed in their lunch bags.  Its a startling reminder that many school lunches deserve a failing grade. I write about healthy eating and have many online conversations with…

Healthy Eating: Top 10 Healthy Snacks

At one time health experts told us the best way to maintain a healthy weight was to eat 3 meals a day and avoid snacking, now it seems that advice has changed.  Eating smaller meals more often throughout the day may be more beneficial and healthy snacks can actually increase your protein and vitamin intake…

When a Noodle is Not a Noodle: Zucchini Noodles

I am always looking for creative ways to get more vegetables into our weekly diet and when I saw Zucchini ‘noodles’ I was skeptical.  Not a huge fan of plain zucchini, I do buy it and will put in soups, muffins, stir fries and puree to sneak into the kids homemade mac n cheese, but…