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Join us in celebrating National Nutrition Month with Meg!

Meg Roberts, Nutritionist

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A is for Amaranth:

Amaranth is a seed and an ancient whole grain just like Quinoa. It was has been cultivated for thousands of years and was a central part of religious ceremonies by the Aztec. Amaranth does not contain any wheat, which makes it a great alternative for people who have Celiac Disease and for those who experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Amaranth is an excellent source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, B Vitamins, Folate, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Iron and Zinc.

B is for Baby Food:

You can begin letting your infant touch and smell different whole foods as early as you wish.  Introducing foods is often viewed as the first time a child tastes and swallows a food, yet this exploratory stage should begin with the sensory exploration of sight, touch, smell and sound as early on as possible.  As soon as you feel comfortable doing so, allow your baby to taste foods by touching (larger) peeled fruits and vegetables to their tongue. Some examples: apples, peaches, broccoli stem, cucumber, carrot. This is very different than letting your baby eat foods for the first time. Allowing your baby to taste foods will help your child develop their taste palate before introducing solids at 5-6 months.  [Read more]

C is for Cooking at Home:

One of the ways to Unlock the Potential of Food, this year’s Nutrition Month theme in Canada, is to get out of your comfort zone and try something new in the kitchen this March. A common reason why Canadians avoid cooking at home is because they feel that they simply don’t have enough time. This is a misconception though as it actually takes more time, it costs a lot more money to eat the majority of your meals outside of the home and they’re typically not as nutritious. [Read more]

D is for Disease Prevention:

Two of the key messages this Nutrition Month are that food has the potential to prevent and the potential to heal.  In 2002 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) met in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the correlation between daily eating patterns, physical activity regimens and the major diseases related to poor nutrition. The goal of this meeting was to discuss ways to effectively reduce the global burden of disease; more specifically obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis and bone fractures and dental disease. [Read more]

E is for Endurance Training:

Optimal athletic performance is achieved by ensuring that you have an adequate nutritional intake. There are lots of trendy supplements, energy bars, gels and shakes available on the market. However, nothing is easier for your body to digest than unprocessed whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and water.

F is for Family Mealtimes:

One of the five key messages from Dietitians of Canada this Nutrition Month is that food has the potential to bring us together.  Not only is it advantageous to have children help prepare meals, which promotes sensory development and math skills, eating meals together as your children grow up is beneficial for everyone at the table’s cognitive health.  Families who eat together typically make more nutritious choices. Establishing this healthy routine can also enable young children to become more adventurous eaters.

G is for Gut Health:

Fermented foods promote the growth of healthy bacterial cultures in the gut. These foods must be consumed as part of a persons regular eating pattern for maximum benefit.
The most common fermented foods available are: Kefir, Yogurt, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Kombucha, etc [Read more]

H is for Health Promotion:

Tips to optimize your health
1) Prepare and eat homemade meals from unprocessed food sources.
2) Participate in daily physical activity for at least 30 minutes
3) Engage in social and community-based activities
4) Be Food Safe and practice proper hand washing techniques
5) Consult healthcare professionals on an as-needed basis

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