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Nutrition Month: Unlocking the potential of food

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Dr. John Dornan, Chief of Staff, Horizon Health Network
Jill Robillard, Dietitian, Manager of Clinical Nutrition, Saint John Area, Horizon Health Network

March is national Nutrition Month, and Horizon dietitians are encouraging all Canadians to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle.

The Nutrition Month campaign for 2019 has five topics that explore the potential of food:

  • Potential to fuel: Stay energized by planning nutritious snacks and meals into your day.
  • Potential to discover: Foster healthy eating habits in children by teaching them to shop and cook.
  • Potential to prevent: Understand how food can help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • Potential to heal: Learn how food can promote healing and how dietitians work in health care teams to make a difference.
  • Potential to bring us together: Enjoy the benefits of bringing families and friends together with food.

Horizon has a dedicated team of dietitians who use their expertise to help us make positive lifestyle choices.

We have the distinct ability to translate the complex science of nutrition into practical healthy eating solutions. We use our nutrition expertise to help individuals make positive lifestyle changes.

We work throughout our communities in health departments, hospitals, health and wellness centres, food companies, universities and private practice, and are advocates for advancing health of Canadians through food and nutrition.

This year has brought the release of Canada's new Food Guide, which focuses on more than just the nutrition of food but also on food's role in total wellness, further allowing us to unlock the potential of food.

The new Food Guide also promotes healthy eating by taking into account where, when, why and how we eat.

  Be mindful of your eating habits!

11 HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS

(Source: nutritionmonth2019.ca)

Dietitians recommend snacks with some protein and fibre.

  1. Carrots and peppers with hummus
  2. Almond butter on banana slices
  3. Greek yogurt topped with berries
  4. Whole grain toast with peanut butter
  5. Cheddar cheese and apple slices
  6. Small handful of trail mix made with nuts, seeds and raisins*
  7. Roasted chickpeas and popcorn mix*
  8. Whole grain cereal with milk
  9. Sliced vegetables with yogurt dip
  10. Tuna on crackers
  11. Whole grain toast with avocado and sesame seeds

* Great to keep in your bag, car or desk drawer!

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