Amy is passionate about helping the world eat healthier, one plate at a time. Amy loves sharing this message to a wide variety of groups diverse in age and stage of life. She uses a straight forward approach mixed with a dash of humour for good measure. Whether you are a group of 10 or 500, Amy will create an engaging experience that will inspire and empower! See below for a selection of topics or suggest your own.
Lunch & Learn Series for the Professional
Health & Wellness in the Workplace: We spend on average 40 plus hours at our place of employment. How do we maintain and even improve our health and wellness while working? Strategies for nutrition, stress management, improving immunity and increasing productivity will be discussed. Let’s thrive, not just survive our work week!
Launch Into Lunch – Packing Lunches that You Want to Eat: Healthy eating starts at home, but what happens when you leave the house for the day? Many rely on quick trips for fast food or a handful of packaged goods to get them through the day. We arrive home feeling tired, frustrated and famished. We will discuss strategies to keep you feeling energized, focused and inspired all day long. Recipes for quick, easy & nutritious lunches will be provided.
Confessions of a Nutritionist: Have you ever decided to eat better and given up by noon? Yeah, me too! Join Amy as she shares a few confessions that just might surprise you. Eating well doesn’t have to feel like a life sentence of boring food. A healthy diet is so much more than short term strategies and grueling self denial. Find out how to create a sustainable diet that is bursting with flavour, has you in and out of the kitchen and even embraces chocolate cake.
Healthy Habits that Aren’t: You try to eat right by planning your meals and shopping the perimeter of the store. You get enough sleep and exercise regularly. But what if some of your healthy habits, actually aren’t? Amy shares the inside scoop as she digs a little deeper into some common healthy habits that aren’t necessarily what you thought they were.
Oh Sugar! Simple Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Type II Diabetes: For people with diabetes, life is a constant balancing act. It is important to control blood sugar, but this is easier said than done. Food, stress, medications, and lack of exercise are just some of the factors that can cause blood sugar to get out of balance from day to day. What if you could reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes or manage your blood sugar levels better with a few simple shifts in your everyday routine?
Make & Taste Options
Best Foods to Promote Heart Health – Heart health is something that we should all pay attention to regardless of age, stage and family history. Come and join Amy, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, as she encourages us to love ourselves a little better with heart health promoting foods and lifestyle choices. She will share the importance of choosing heart healthy fats and reducing sugar. Come and sample, ‘Dynamite Dahl,’ a hearty and heart friendly soup that will warm you from the inside out. You’ll also learn about how chocolate can even be a part of a heart healthy diet!
Spring Cleaning Your Pantry – How Our Eating Habits Change With the Seasons – With Spring on its way, we start to feel a little lighter as the days warm up. Should our eating habits change with the seasons? Find out as Amy, Registered Holistic Nutritionist digs into this topic and shares the wisdom of cravings and eating in season. We’ll also discuss how to go about Spring cleaning your pantry in a strategic way that will clear the clutter and help you save money. Come and sample her, ‘Clean Out the Pantry Baked Oatmeal,’ recipe and learn about the importance of building balanced meals and snacks.
Quick & Healthy Eats – Are you trying to create a healthier work space? Does your team want to eat a healthier but lack inspiration? Invite me into your workplace to demonstrate a few delicious & healthy creations that will curb cravings and help you stay focused all day long. You’ll learn about the importance of taking time for a break and how to avoid common energy zappers. You’ll also get to sample her protein packed quinoa salad and learn the art of building a balanced smoothie.
Personal Nutrition Series
Gather a group of friends and host your very own nutrition workshop in your own home. We will create something nutritious & delicious to enjoy together too! Contact Amy for pricing.
Eating Well for Less: Do you feel like the cost of groceries keeps increasing and your paycheck is having trouble keeping up? Are you ready to get a handle on budget friendly, quick and easy meals that will have you eating real food without spending hours in the kitchen? Whether you are cooking for one or a bunch, this session is for you!
Weight Loss that Lasts: Are you looking to shed a few pounds and keep it off? Join Amy as she shares tips and tricks for sustainable weight loss. Learn about weight loss sabotage, portion distortion and hormonal factors that may be playing a role in easy weight gain and difficult weight loss. Forget calorie counting and learn to love eating again.
Family Nutrition Series
Encouraging the Adventurous Eater: We’ve all had experience with a less than adventurous eater! Perhaps you were or still are one yourself! This workshop will walk you through the some of the issues that can accompany a, ‘selective eater’s,’ choices. Why is trying new foods a challenge for some children? Why do they seem to love something one day and refuse it the next?What are potential emotional or motor issues that may be influencing your child’s actions? With a larger understanding of what could be causing your wee one to be selective in their food choices, we will discuss strategies to support you and child.
Childhood Nutrition 101: As a parent, the learning curve just doesn’t seem to stop bending! When is the right time to introduce solids to an infant? Do you worry about or not your child is eating enough? Does it seem like your child is constantly hungry and then won’t eat at the dinner table? Join Amy, as she explores the ins and outs of childhood nutrition. Topics include supporting your child’s immunity, strategies for quick & easy family dining and getting children involved in the kitchen. You’ll leave with a ‘toolbox’ full of tips and tricks to help you set a solid foundation for your family’s approach to eating healthy.
Why Nutrition Matters for Children’s Mental Health: An estimated 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental health issues. 17% of children ages 2-5 years meet diagnostic criteria for mental health problems. (kidsmentalhealth.ca) Does nutrition matter for mental health? Many children are over fed and undernourished. Learn about key nutrients for healthy brain development and function.
Bring a Little Pizzazz to Your Plates: Family Edition Do meal times have you in a slump? This workshop is intended for parents & caregivers looking for a little inspiration in the kitchen. We all know that eating healthy is important but how do we do create nutritious meals and snacks that actually get eaten and stay on budget? Let’s bring a little pizzazz to our plates and have a little fun while we are doing it too! You will leave this workshop with a 1 week menu complete with grocery list and recipes. By looking at simple ingredients in new ways, we can open up our menu and taste buds to fresh opportunities.
Early Learning Community
Healthy Choices & Healthy Bodies: As those who share their days with children, we play a significant role in creating a foundation for healthy habits and opinions. Part of that responsibility is to help set the stage for healthy ideas about food, physical activity and self image. We will examine our role in helping to shape the attitudes that contribute to long term health and wellness. The importance of limiting refined sugars, including healthy fats and complex carbohydrates will also be discussed. We will consider ways to support children while in our care as well as their families as they establish healthy habits at home.
Uncovering the What and Why of Food Allergies & Sensitivities: Providing nourishing, wholesome meals is one of the greatest gifts we can give to parents who entrust their children to our care. We are helping to lay down the foundation for healthy and nutritious habits that will last a lifetime. What happens though when food allergies, sensitivities or special dietary requirements are thrown into the mix? You will leave the session equipped with tips, tricks and recipes to support families who are manoeuvring this sometimes very confusing and frustrating landscape. Bring along a favourite allergy/sensitivity friendly recipe to share with the group if you have one.
Food, Tradition & Nourishing Family Values – Building Relationships that Last a Lifetime: For centuries, meals have provided an opportunity to connect, teach and celebrate. Today, many of us live in a hurried world, including children. Schedules quickly become full with activities and lessons. Many children are learning how to eat finger food in the car and are beginning to lack basic dining skills. It is time for drive thru meals to take a back seat and embrace mindful, technology free dining! We can start the dinner table revolution by looking at the way we view snacks and lunch time with the children while in our care. Do we see eating as simply another transition or an opportunity for more?
Bring a Little Pizzazz to Your Plates: Early Learning Edition Do meal times have you in a slump? This workshop is intended for early childhood educators & cooks looking for a little inspiration in the kitchen. We all know that eating healthy is important but how do we do create nutritious meals and snacks that actually get eaten and stay on budget? Let’s bring a little pizzazz to our plates and have a little fun while we are doing it too!
You will leave this workshop with 1 week of menu complete with grocery list and recipes. By looking at simple ingredients in new ways, we can open up our menu and taste buds to fresh opportunities.
Contact Amy for more information. Additional charges apply for travel outside of a 30 minute travel radius.