• Nutrition,  Recipes

    Back to school Bento Box Ideas

    Time to say goodbye to summer. It’s been a spectacular summer of hot beach days, campfires, and clear skies. The back-to-school time can seem dreadful if you’re a parent. I used to count how many more lunches I have to make before holiday breaks, not how many more sleeps! A Cornel study found that kids prefer meals with six different colours and seven different food items. That sounds like a lot. But with the Japanese-style bento box, you can be…

  • Blog,  Features,  Osteopathy

    Why a Properly Fitted Backpack is Important for a Healthy Spine

    In addition to providing them healthy snacks and lunches, sufficient sleep and time for relaxation and play, it is important to teach our kids how to properly wear a backpack. Carrying a heavy or uneven load can result in poor posture, and over time change the alignment of the spinal column. This can cause muscle strain, headaches, back and arm pain. Check out these tips! Choose the right backpack: Go for a lightweight material that has two wide, adjustable and…

  • Features,  Nutrition,  Updates

    To Snack or Not to Snack: Should kids be snacking?

    The NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) from the 1970’s shows that they typical American ate three meals per day. Although I was a child of the 80’s, I still remember that practice of less snacking. I remember by nana always telling me that snacking was going to ruin my supper. Interestingly the obesity and type 2 diabetes rates at this time were also lower. If we fast forward to today, we are actively encouraging snacking. I often will…

  • Blog,  Nutrition

    5 Healthy Convenience Options for School Lunches

    There are many blogs out there right now about back to school lunches, and how to find healthy options. In fact, it was the topic I myself had planned for September. I was going to write about how to create a balanced lunch for your kids, and include fun ways to encourage them to eat fruits and vegetables.  However in working with children’s diets, I find that the core of their meals are not as much of the problem as…