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Baby Nutrition Month By Month With Mother Hen

baby, EAT By September 26, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Baby Nutrition Month By Month With Mother Hen

Every mother wants to offer their child the very best possible, whether that’s education, extracurricular activities or the food that we put on their plates. Many of us struggle with how to “do it all”. Finding ways to make life easier is essential for every busy parent (and let’s be honest, isn’t every parent busy?)

Mother Hen Organic Baby Food is a great alternative for busy parents who don’t have the time to prepare and puree their own baby food. They come frozen so they don’t have the preservatives that traditional baby food in glass jars often has. All you have to do is thaw and serve.

Mother Hen had their nutritionist, Genevieve Nadeau, share with us some thoughts on different stages of baby nutrition month by month through the first year. She debunked some common baby nutrition myths and gave great tips on how to care for your baby’s nutritional needs.

Nutrition guide for babies 6 months

Takeaway- Avoiding high risk allergy foods until after 1 year of age does not prevent allergies from developing. Introducing iron-rich foods amongst baby’s first food selections is important for baby’s health and development of palate.

Nutrition guide for babies 7-8 months

Takeaway- Focus on foods that are high in iron, avoiding foods that are protein rich but low in iron. Introduce new flavours including dark leafy greens, small pasta and fruit.

Nutrition guide for babies 9-12 months

Takeaway- At 9 months offer the breast or bottle after your baby has eaten their meal. Purees can start to take a backseat as you introduce grated or chopped foods. Introducing baby to a variety of flavours help develop their palate (even food that you may not enjoy.)

Nutrition guide for babies 12 months

Takeaway- At one year baby can start eating all of the same foods as mom and dad eat.

Mother Hen recently shared their line of organic baby food with one of our writers, Kyla Beyer– mommy to baby Harvey and successful Vancouver entrepreneur. Kyla shared with us her thoughts and Harvey’s reaction to this organic line of frozen baby food.

[pullquote_left]Kyla[/pullquote_left]It’s no secret that it can be challenging to balance career and motherhood. As a new mom I envisioned making all of my baby’s meals from scratch. Boiling, steaming, chopping, pureeing…I did it all….for a while. And then, when I went back to work, I found myself with less time to prepare healthy meals for my son. I wanted to spend my precious time with him, not in the kitchen. There are plenty of canned baby food products in the market, but once I discovered Mother Hen’s frozen baby food I was delighted. Natural, allergen free, no additives and all their fruits and vegetables are organic. I noticed a big difference in the smell and taste (yes, I tasted them!) of the Mother Hen products when comparing them to canned foods because the flavour and nutrients of their foods is retained due to their freezing process.

The Beginner line of purees are blended to the perfect silky consistency(no matter how I tried, I could not get my homemade carrot purees to be anything but lumpy). The portion sizes are perfect for little ones discovering new tastes, and their containers are free of BPA so they can be safely microwaved.

The Junior line (8 months and up) has great flavours such as Chicken Cacciatore and Lamb with Fruits (inspired by Morrocan cuisine and my son’s absolute favourite). The portion sizes are larger for growing appetites and the variety of flavours help to expand his palate.

My discovery of Mother Hen’s line of baby food has freed up precious time and helped me to find balance in my busy life as mother and career woman.

Thank you to Kyla and baby Harvey for testing and sharing their thoughts on Mother Hen Organic Baby Food and to Mother Hen for sending them food to test.

Kyla Beyer is mother to Harvey and the owner of Limelight Floral Design, a busy boutique floral studio based in West Vancouver. With the help of her fabulous husband she manages to balance it all and still find time to stop and smell the roses.

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Diet Canada Dry Has a new Taste! (Giveaway)

Contests By May 28, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 69 Comments

UrbanMommiesGiveawayDiet Canada Dry has a new taste! Beginning May 1st, two Canadian icons, Canada Dry and Sarah McLachlan, partnered to re-launch the new and improved Diet Canada Dry. To kick start the partnership, Canada Dry has launched a donation-matching program with proceeds benefiting the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, a music program offered at no cost to under-served youth in Vancouver.

“Diet Canada Dry was recently reformulated to meet consumers’ desire for a new, improved taste. We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the reformulation message to consumers through this genuine partnership with Sarah McLachlan and supporting her work through her School of Music,” said Carol-Anne Gower, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Canada Dry Mott’s. “This partnership gives Canadians a chance to help Canada Dry support music education in Canada. Canadians can make donations to the Sarah McLachlan School of Music by visiting www.canadadry.ca. Canada Dry will be matching all donations made by consumers up to $30,000.”

“When I was growing up, it was a given that we had music in our schools. These days many of these programs are not available and private lessons can be cost-prohibitive to most families,” said Sarah McLachlan. “With the support of Canada Dry, my dream of providing free music education will continue to become a reality for young musicians”

The partnership between Canada Dry and Sarah McLachlan also includes a print media campaign and contest. The contest kicks-off on May 1 giving Canadians the opportunity to enter a PIN from select Canada Dry products for a chance to win a VIP concert experience with Sarah McLachlan and other prizes. Consumers can visit the Canada Dry Facebook page at facebook.com/CanadaDryCanada or CanadaDry.ca for more information.

UrbanMommies is giving away a fab gift basket (including Sarah’s new ‘Shine On’ CD!) To enter, please use the rafflecopter form below. Canada only (excl. Quebec). Ends June 7, 2014.

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Being Healthy Has its Rewards

EAT, lunches By May 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Being Healthy Has its RewardsWe all want to be healthier, stronger and hit the ideal ratio of body fat to muscle. But since when have we actually been ‘rewarded’ for being healthy? Sure – you feel better within yourself and may get a few more whistles when walking past a construction site, but it is typically pretty challenging to become healthier. Personal trainers are expensive, deep-fried in restaurants seems to cost less, and finding a healthy meal on the go is a challenge. But being healthy has its rewards.

Lean CuisineAs many of our readers know, I have been training for a Run Disney event. Not having run more than a few feet and only when necessary (like being chased by a rabid dog), this was a huge challenge for me. Sure it was personally rewarding when I completed the run, but it took so much mental strength to force myself to train and be healthier. Perhaps I shouldn’t need a reward other than feeling good or personal satisfaction, but….

Part of becoming healthier has been my diet, and as a busy entrepreneur and Mom, washing lettuce leaves and chopping veggies is not always in the cards. I’ve always loved to stock my freezer with Lean Cuisine meals so I have something well balanced, filling and healthy when I need to eat in a hurry. Only now have I discovered that I can get rewarded for pulling this healthy trick out of my back pocket.

Lean Cuisine Thai ChickenThe Lean Cuisine Rewards program allows you to pop onto the internet and enter a PIN number found inside your favourite Lean Cuisine meal. The more you enjoy, the more you earn. Rewards range from coupons for free Lean Cuisine entrées to exercise balls, weights and home appliances.

Embarking on this new way to feel rewarded, I pulled a Thai Peanut Chicken out of the freezer. (This is where I admit that I didn’t eat breakfast and ate it at 9am after dropping the kids to school.)  After four and a half minutes in the microwave, the veggies were still crisp and the chicken was tender. There seemed to be a ton of chicken for a meal that only has 300 calories, 6g of fat and 40% of my daily vitamin A. I was delighted. And energized. I think I may actually go for a run! Ha!

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Excited to check out my rewards, I went to the Lean Cuisine website and registered. There are healthy lifestyle tips, a rewards catalogue and you can also create a meal and exercise plan in order to reach specific goals. I, of course, got sidetracked by the rewards and made a wishlist: a Spafinder gift certificate, iTunes music credits, Best Health Magazine and a Hamilton Beach blender. Not that personal satisfaction isn’t enough (ahem) but that makes me want to get healthy.

How do you reward yourself? We can help out a bit – want to enter to win a free Lean Cuisine BONUS PIN code (good for one entrée or to start you off for larger rewards)? Just use this handy rafflecopter form. Canada only, ends 30. May, 2014. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Stouffers Lean Cuisine Rewards, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit Lean Cuisine Rewards.

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Year of no sugar

Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub

books, EAT, FAM, GEAR, health, snacks By May 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Have you ever thought about how much sugar you consume and it’s affects on not only you, but your family?

Have you noticed that eating sugar with every meal has become the norm and that we live in a time where there is an abundance of food and yet our children are more undernourished than ever before?

Have you considered that there could be a link between high sugar foods and heart disease, obesity, stroke, diabetes, cancer and increased behaviour and emotional issues that could be associated with the enormous rise of children being diagnosed with ADHD?

Eve Schaub noticed and woke up to the fact that sugar is everywhere and it’s making us fat and sick. She has started a conversation that we all need to hear and will help us to redefine the word ‘treat.’

Eve is the friend down the road sharing her sugarless journey; the pitfalls, challenges and revelations and she implores us to start taking some responsibility for our own nourishment so we can set up our children to make better choices that will support their long term health, and ours. Written in a way that every mom will understand and relate to and all backed up with science.

Reading this book will not only inspire you to look at how much sugar you are eating on a daily basis but will provide you with the tools you need to navigate all it’s pseudonyms while learning to reconnect with the food that you eat and it’s importance in nourishing and caring for our bodies.

In short, Eve has done a brilliant job in doing all the hard work so we don’t have to!

 

– Tisha Bryant is currently working towards a certification as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. 

Using nutrition to heal a persistent health issue was the catalyst that spurred Tisha on to become a certified Whole Food Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach. She is a raw food chef and also gained a certificate in counselling in 2005 while living in the UK. She is currently working towards a certification as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Tisha runs A Pinch of Lovely.

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Share the Skinny

Contests By February 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 38 Comments

 

Skinny Cow GiveawayThis contest is now closed but we would love for you to enter or latest ones! We do lots of giveaways. The newest ones are located here. Good luck!

 

Do you allow yourself a daily chocolate fix?  I remember growing up my Mom used to always have a bag of chocolate chips hidden in her lingere drawer.  We’ve come a long way since then…  Now there’s Skinny Cow.  Nestlè has launched Skinny Cow chocolate for the very first time in Canada with four new chocolate snacks that will have you drooling.  At under 100 calories per chocolate bar, you don’t have to hide these anywhere.  (We know you don’t want to waste an inch of space in your lingere drawer..)  Better yet?  We are going to share the skinny with you.

UrbanMommies is giving away a Skinny Cow prize pack to one Canadian reader valued at $50.00.  It includes:
A variety of chocolate bars: Heavenly Crisp Peanut Butter, Heavenly Crisp Milk Chocolate, Heavenly Crisp Hazelnut, Dreamy Clusters Milk Chocolate
1 Cow printed tumbler
2 Skinny Cow bags

Here’s the skinny on each one of the four new products:

Heavenly Crisp Peanut Butter · Taste a little piece of Heaven: Delicate wafers layered with nutty peanut butter crème and covered in a milk chocolatey coating · Sold as single-serve bars (starting at $0.99) and multipacks (starting at $3.79)

Heavenly Crisp Milk Chocolate · Make room for this snack anytime: Delicate wafers layered with delicious chocolate crème and covered in a milk chocolatey coating · Sold as single-serve bars (starting at $0.99) and multipacks (starting at $3.79)

Heavenly Crisp Hazelnut · Indulge for only 120 calories: Delicate wafers layered with luscious hazelnut crème and covered in a milk chocolatey coating · Sold as single-serve bars (starting at $0.99) and multipacks (starting at $3.79)

Dreamy Clusters Milk Chocolate · Escape with a every bite: Unbelievably rich, bite-sized chewy clusters of creamy caramel and crispy pieces, covered in dreamy milk chocolate · Sold as multipacks (starting at $3.79) All Nestle Skinny Cow products are available at major drug and retailer stores across Canada

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BodyMedia Fit with Bluetooth Link

fitness, GEAR By January 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Bodymedia FitAnd although I am happily married, a guy said that I am sexy.  And that I’d be even sexier if I lost 20 pounds.  Yeah.  Why is it that I never have a good comeback?  Silence.  And anguish.  And the decision to lose 20 pounds so that the next time I see him I can totally diss him.  Ahh.  The woman scorned.  And even better – a woman who has a few tricks up her sleeve.

Bodymedia FIT LinkI was sent the BodyMedia Fit with Bluetooth Link two months before the January resolution craziness.  I was very excited.  You strap it around your upper arm and it tracks everything, including depth/length of sleep, steps and heart rate.  You manually input food and drink consumed into the computer or a smartphone and the device syncs automatically, tracking your daily calorie burn, sleep and consumption.  It encouraged me to do another lap with the dog and to reach for the skim milk instead of orange juice.  It was also a constant reminder that I was taking better care of myself.  Like a little guardian angel on my arm.

The verdict?  A keeper.  I’m down 10 pounds.  And for the record?  I’m no more sexy than I was.  Just a bit healthier.

Disclosure: UrbanMommies was sent a Bodymedia Fit unit to test and review.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Glucose-Fructose and Your Kids ‘Healthy Snacks’ That are Filled With It

EAT, snacks By May 15, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

If feeding your children healthy snacks is high on your priority list, it’s time to start reading those labels – and if you haven’t been introduced to glucose, fructose, and the mixture of the two, you’ll definitely want to familiarize yourself. Glucose and fructose are both carbohydrates and simple sugars, AKA monosaccharides, which are found in most foods. They also happen to be the chief source of energy for the human body.

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Getting Kids to Eat More Fruit

eat, LIVE By May 10, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

According to a new Ipsos Reid poll, our kids are still not getting enough fruitDiet and nutrition are so crucial for our children.  As Jessica Seinfeld promotes, if they don’t like it.. well, then hide it.  Or at least get creative.  Mott’s Fruitsations and Korey Kealey, food specialist and mom-of-three, have teamed up to provide five easy tips for Canadian families to eat more fruit that are fun, simple and exciting. Here are some tips to get your kids to eat more fruit.

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