Nutrition Month 2016: Take a 100 Meal Journey
We eat about 100 meals in a month, so the goal is to provide guidance to make it easier for Canadians to choose, eat and enjoy healthy foods on a daily basis while making small lasting changes. I’m sharing with you my top 3 tips to enjoy new foods and flavour combinations to make small nourishing, lasting changes on your 100 Meal Journey bite by bite.
Go For Quality
As a food traveler, I learned very quickly, it’s all about quality and not quantity when it comes to enjoying food in Italy and France. North America is the home to the all you can eat buffets, where quality is usually secondary to quantity. When it comes to healthy food choices, quality counts and it doesn’t have to break the bank account. I use canned lentils for this recipe (perfect for Easter) and purchase frozen mixed vegetables for a favourite chicken curry recipe. Take small steps to swap in nutrient-rich choices for at least one of your meals and snacks daily.
How often do you sit at the table and savor the flavours of your meal? It is important to prioritize mealtime. Turn off the TV, your laptop and devices so you can focus and enjoy your meal. This will help you be more aware of when you’re feeling full so you don’t over eat. Slow down when you eat, chewing your food well and putting your fork down in between bites. Mindful meal time is an excellent opportunity to catch up with family and friends, in addition to relishing in the tastes and textures of the food.
Try Something New
I’m sure you’ve heard me say, “To eat healthy, learn how to cook or live with someone who cooks.” Get in the kitchen and if you have kids, make it a family event at least once a week. In my new book The Need for Seeds, I give you 21 delicious recipes, so you can make seeds an everyday food in your healthy diet. Trying something new doesn’t have to be complicated, just keep it interesting. Move over same old ketchup, salt and pepper and try cooking with ginger, garlic or hot sauce. How about trying one new food per week? Switch up one recipe per week. For example, do you usually make risotto with rice? Why not try it using barley, mushrooms and chicken?
Let me know how you’re making small changes to promote health.
Enjoy the rest of Nutrition Month!
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