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Get Snacking: Date love with Daits - delightful natural treats

Prenatal Snack Dates

As the seasons get cooler we thought we would share some treat ideas! Dates are both delicious and beneficial prenatally - in one of our previous blog post we offered delicious ways of eating 6 dates a day. Some of those recipes require more ingredients than others -  for those days when you don't have all the ingredients on hand or you'd like an extra special treat we are happy to present you: Daits!

Daits was founded by Reem Aljarbou - a busy mama of two. Reem grew up in Saudi Arabia, where dates are a traditional staple of daily life. After relocating to Canada, Reem was surprised to find that none of the varieties of dates she loved were available here and so she began ordering shipments of her two favourite types of dates (Sukkari and Khalas). She would eat these plain or fill them with delicious and high quality ingredients, like nuts or nut butters. 

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Reem began sharing her date treats with friends and coworkers and everyone loved them!  Daits was born our of Reem's desire to share her family traditions with the rest of Canada and to offer a naturally sweet treat full of health benefits. 

Daits is located inside the Saks Food Hall at the Eaton Centre Pusateri's. You can find a treat for everyone in your family at Daits: plain dates pressed in their own juices or stuffed with almonds; protein bars (made mainly with dates and few other high quality ingredients); salted caramel date bars; and of course stuffed dates with whimsical names such as seeds of love (dates stuffed with walnuts, drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with fennel and nigella seeds), first dait (dates stuffed with roasted almonds, coated in almond butter, and rolled in crispy feuilletine), and cloud 9 (dates piped with peanut butter). 

If you (or someone you love) are in the mood for a delicious (healthier) treat, give Daits a try! We try it every week...

Love, 

The Spectrum Doula Collective

 

Happy Halloween from all of us at Spectrum Doula Collective!

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Each year, we look forward to this holiday. From finding the perfect costume for your bump or new baby to carving their first pumpkin, there are so many memories to be made. Halloween has a way of bringing people together and encouraging play and creativity no matter your age. Sweet treats and candy are a plus too!

One of our favourite Halloween events are the Pumpkin Parades happening on November 1st in many neighbourhood parks across Toronto. Each year community members come together for an evening walk along paths lined with Jack o’ Lantern, glowing and carved with classic and unique designs. Whether you are adding a pumpkin to this year’s parade or not, it’s amazing to see the originality and talent in the designs.

If you have never had a chance to see hundreds of pumpkins all lit up together, it’s definitely worth a visit! With parades happening all over the city, this event is an accessible and enjoyable activity for all. For those in the West End, we recommend Sorauren Park's Pumpkin Parade, the first and largest parade in Toronto. In the East End, check out Riverdale Park West. You can find out more and view a map of Pumpkin Parades here.

How are you celebrating Halloween this year?

Love, 

The Spectrum Doula Collective Team

Movement: Imprint Pilates

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“I believe that a strong and flexible body is the key to living a long and pain-free life, and I work in a compassionate way to make moving and understanding your physicality an inspiring and enjoyable life-long endeavour.”
– Anita Ivic, Imprint Pilates owner

If you live downtown Toronto you have probably seen a lot of movement based studios and gyms around - maybe you even have your favourites! If you live downtown Toronto and you're pregnant or recently postpartum though, you may not find appropriate classes or sessions at these same places. Some studios  and gyms suggest that you can join their regular classes and the instructor may give you modifications but as we mentioned in our last blog post, that may not always be appropriate. 

If you're looking for specific prenatal and postpartum classes (or private sessions) look no further than Imprint Pilates, located at 101 Spadina Avenue (near Spadina and King). 

Imprint Pilates is a holistic studio offering both private and group Pilates and yoga as well as physiotherapy, massage, fascial stretching therapy, and acupuncture. They work with a wide range of people: athletes, people with injuries; people who may want to become stronger and/or more flexible; and both pregnant and postpartum people. 

Pregnant and looking for a group class? Imprint Pilates offers weekly prenatal Pilates and yoga classes. This class is great for relieving everyday pregnancy aches and pains as well as for preparing your body for labour. If you're looking for something gentler and more introspective, they also have restorative classes, which are suitable for the prenatal and postpartum period.

If you're looking for a private or a semi-private session (bring a friend!), all Imprint instructors are well-trained and experienced in working with both prenatal and postpartum bodies. Both Pilates and yoga session are available.

Beyond movement-based sessions, at Imprint Pilates you can also find registered massage therapists, physiotherapists, and acupuncturists who can focus on prenatal and postpartum concerns.

If you're pregnant or postpartum and live or work downtown give Imprint Pilates a try, you may really love it!

Love, 

The Spectrum Doula Team

 

Movement: How and where do you move?

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You have probably heard of the the 3 Rs that benefit labour: Rhythm, Relaxation, and Ritual. Like all things in life; however, practice makes better! So how can you incorporate the 3 Rs into your life? And how can this help postpartum? Mindful and sustainable movement! 

Mindful and sustainable movement can be anything you want it to be - as long as it's done in an intentional and deliberate way. It can be a long walk (at the beach, in the park, in your neighbourhood). It can be yoga, Pilates, spinning, body conditioning, swimming, playing sports, and so on. You can do it at home, in the park, at your community centre, at the gym, or at a studio. You can customise any movement for your perinatal journey based on your experience, preference, and ability!

HOW YOU MOVE

How you move matters. If you are pregnant or recently postpartum and you're planning on taking a class or following an online movement video it's important to find an instructor with prenatal and/or postpartum training (depending on what they teach).

Prenatally, this training should go beyond "there's a belly in the way so we don't do as wide a variety of exercises". A pregnant person's body undergoes a tremendous amount of change, both internally and externally. Classes should be based on mindful movement specifically designed for this and enriched to take into account these changes. Postpartum, the training should take into account the changes in a postpartum body, including the potential effects pregnancy and birth may have had.

Movement is so important both prenatally and postpartum - not only because it helps ingrain the Rs into our bodies and consciousness but also because it makes us happy.  Some types of movement make us happier than others, so move however you can and like, but do move! 

WHERE YOU MOVE

It may not seem like it - but where you move is important, beyond the instructor's expertise and proximity to your home or work. Is it a safe space - do you feel safe, acknowledged, represented, and included? Is it a community you can and want to be part of? Is the space accessible and accommodating? Moving however you like is important and so is moving where you like! 

There are several places in Toronto that offer prenatal and postpartum movement classes (maybe you already have your favourite!). Stay tuned for our next blog posts where we feature some of Toronto's studios offering prenatal and postpartum movement classes! 

Love, 

Spectrum Doula Collective

Get Snacking: Date Love - how to enjoy 6 dates a day

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A while back we wrote a blog post about the benefits of eating six dates a day during the last four weeks of your pregnancy. We’ve been sharing this article with our clients and we often get the question: how does one eat 6 dates a day?

Aside from eating them on their own (which is delicious and easy) there are infinite ways to play with dates. We thought we'd dedicate the month of August to our love of dates and share some more date recipes to spice up your routine!

An easy way to incorporate dates in your life is to throw them in a smoothie:

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SUPPLIES  A blender

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coconut water (or regular water)

  • 1 cut-up ripe pear

  • 1 handful baby spinach

  • ½ cup chopped roughly peeled cucumber

  • 2 tbs avocado (frozen or fresh)

  • 3 pitted dates

  • ½ tsp minced ginger (or more)

  • 2-3 basil leaves

  • Juice of half a lime

INSTRUCTIONS
Place all ingredients in a blender, blend, enjoy!

This yummy refreshing smoothie has 3/6 of your daily dates and really, you can add dates to any smoothie (just make sure to balance the sweetness if you’re sensitive to sugar). Enjoy a date-ful smoothie in the morning or as an afternoon snack when you need a little more energy!

One of our favourite ways to enjoy dates is by stuffing them and the possibilities are endless:

  • pitted dates stuffed with nut butter (almost, peanut, cashew, hazelnut) and drizzled with dark chocolate

  • pitted dates stuffed with nuts (almond, peanut, pistachio), coated in chocolate, and sprinkled with coarse grain sea salt

  • pitted dates stuffed with rose-water pistachio paste (pulse ½ cup unsalted shelled pistachio in a food processor, add 1-2 tsp of rose-water)

  • pitted dates stuffed with orange-apricot-nut paste (pulse ½ cup nuts - we find pistachios or almonds work best - in a food processor, add 2-3 dried apricots and ½ tsp of orange zest or ½ to 1 tsp of orange water)

  • pitted dates stuffed with feta and walnuts

  • pitted dates stuffed with brie and pecans

  • pitted dates stuffed with cheddar and basil

  • pitted dates stuffed with….

By now you are probably thinking of your favourite ingredients and how they may work with dates - we encourage you to experiment and have fun! If you find a particularly delicious combination, leave us a message - we’d love to try it out!

Love,

The Spectrum Doula Team