So far this Nutrition Month, dietitians Marianne and Rebecca have shared some great tips on:
- Getting ready for healthy eating changes
- Choosing quality, nourishing foods
- Thinking about portion sizes
They also collected a great list of pro tips from 10 of their colleagues.
Now, for week 4 of Nutrition Month, it’s all about trying something new! If you think healthy eating is bland, think again! Nutrition Month is a great time to get creative, try new flavours and foods, and refresh your recipes.
Here are some more tips that Marianne & Rebecca shared with me:
Perk up your menu with tantalizing recipes.
Sometimes your menu just needs a little inspiration. With recipes this good, you’ll want to get cooking right now!
- Go fish! For a quick dinner, make salmon loaf
- Bite into this super salad: Grilled corn, arugula and couscous salad
- You’ll love the leftovers with this “leftover” frittata recipe
- They’ll be asking for more! Double up on dilly beet hummus.
- Dish up a divine dessert with beany brownies.
- Soups on! Serve up some hearty lentil soup.
Instead of take out tonight, make your own quick and tasty meals.
Relying on take out? Does your mealtime routine need reviving? Skip take out and bring back kitchen fun by switching up how you cook and serve supper.
- Cook create-it-yourself meals with your kids. Try a family taco, fajita, salad bar. With everyone helping, meal prep is easy.
- Make your own pizzas in minutes. Top whole grain flat breads with tomato sauce, flavourful cheese and leftover roasted veggies. Yum!
- Sandwiches for supper? Sure! Use whole grain buns, hummus or leftover roasted chicken or beef and a slice of cheese and then pile on the veggies.
For more healthy cooking ideas, visit the Dietitians of Canada.
These tips are adapted from the Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month Campaign Materials. Find more information about Nutrition Month and join other Canadians on a 100 Meal Journey at nutritionmonth2016.ca.
About Vince Terstappen
Vince Terstappen is a Project Assistant with the health promotions team at Northern Health. He has an undergraduate and graduate degree in the area of community health and is passionate about upstream population health issues. Born and raised in Calgary, Vince lived, studied, and worked in Saskatoon, Victoria, and Vancouver before moving to Vanderhoof in 2012. When not cooking or baking, he enjoys speedskating, gardening, playing soccer, attending local community events, and Skyping with his old community health classmates who are scattered across the world. Vince works with Northern Health program areas to share healthy living stories and tips through the blog and moderates all comments for the Northern Health Matters blog.