Staying healthy: eating well

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With the weekend coming up and farmers’ markets now open, we thought it would be a good time to think about the items we put in our shopping basket. The  following healthy eating tips are thanks to Dieticians of Canada.

Dial up the flavor
Cut down on salt by substituting your favourite herbs, spices, mustard, salsa or a squeeze of lemon.

Try something new
Experiment with alternate protein sources such as beans, tofu, peas and lentils.

Load up on veggies with a stir-fry

Stir-fries make healthy meals that are quick to cook and will taste great with almost any combination of veggies you have in your fridge. Dietitians of Canada suggest using a combination of red, green and yellow peppers to add colour, or creating a Asian theme by incorporating bok choy, water chestnuts and miniature corn. Thinly sliced carrots, celery and even cabbage add flavor, colour and nutrients.

Treat yourself
Don’t  worry too much about an occasional treat or less-than-healthy food. They say an indulgence now and then is acceptable. What’s important is maintaining a healthy diet most of the time.

Snack between meals
Once considered an unhealthy eating habit, snacking between meals is now recommended as a way to keep energized throughout the day and to keep blood sugar from fluctuating. The Dieticians of Canada recommends  eat ing every three to four hours throughout the day. They suggest keeping healthy snacks such as fruits or low-fat dairy products on hand and drinking plenty of fluids.

Take out your magnifying glass
Read those labels. Foods that are truly low-fat must contain less than 3 grams of fat per serving.

Don’t forget the fibre
Oatmeal isn’t just a healthy breakfast, it makes a great snack. Cook some up and add a handful of your favourite dried fruit for extra flavor and nutrients.

Speaking to a qualified dietician is as simple as picking up the phone and calling HealthLink BC at 811. The HealthLink BC dieticians are helpful and willing to answer any diet-related questions. The service is free.
To find a dietician, visit the Dieticians of Canada website, , or call HealthLink at 811.

by Josie 


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