Cook it up Healthy!
March is nutrition month and Dietitians of Canada has chosen “Cook it up Healthy” as the theme for 2007. A new version of Canada's Food Guide was also released on February 5, 2007. In it, you'll find updated recommendations and guidelines to help all Canadians eat well.
Here are a few of the changes made to Canada’s Food Guide:
- The order of the food groups in the rainbow has changed. Vegetables and Fruit is now the outer band of the rainbow, placing more emphasis on these nutrient-rich foods.
- The number of recommended servings for each food group is now divided into age and gender categories.
- It is recommended to eat at least two servings of fish per week. Each serving is 75 g (1/2 cup). Good choices for fish include salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines and trout.
- If you’re 50 years and older, it’s suggested you take a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU every day.
- A multi-supplement with folic acid is recommended for pregnant women, those who could become pregnant and those that are breastfeeding.
The goal of this year’s nutrition month theme “Cook it up Healthy” is to encourage Canadians to eat healthy meals cooked at home. Canadians’ eating habits need improvement and we know that families who prepare and eat meals together have healthier eating habits. Time saving techniques are at the forefront of this year's focus to help Canadians prepare quick and healthy meals to enjoy with their families.
Check out www.dietitians.ca/eatwell for quick, easy and healthy food solutions, such as:
- Meal Planning "How To’s"
- "Cook Once, Eat Twice" meal ideas such as big batch cooking and freezer friendly meals
- Enjoy new flavours – try a new recipe or a new food every week
- Vary food choices – a wide variety of food choices leads to healthy eating
In motion Nutrition's
"Nutrition Month" Recipe
Jodis McCaine, RD, CDE
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