Did you know March was nutrition month?

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This article was published 25/03/2022 (188 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Dietitians of Canada’s theme this year is “Ingredients for a healthier tomorrow.”

The focus is on actions, advocacy and awareness that will help change our food systems for a healthier future. For me, being sensitive to animal welfare, I would like to see improved animal conditions on production farms throughout Canada and the world. Animals should be free to move and roam, have decent and comfortable shelter, have outdoor time and proper safeguards which all help to ensure safety of the food supply.

The Winnipeg Humane Society has a list of animal-friendly restaurants and suppliers titled Humane Food that is a great resource to check out. You can find it here: www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca/animal-issues/humane-food/

Casseroles, stews and hearty soups made in a slow cooker or crockpot can help stretch your food dollars.

Choosing a well-balanced diet helps give you diversity but keeps you healthy. Remember that varied food choices will help you meet your vitamin and nutritional requirements. Add vegetarian entrees a few times a week to your menu planning. With the high cost of food becoming a factor in dietary choice, it is important to note that you do not have to buy the most expensive foods to eat healthy. Know your food prices. Look at store flyers for sales and make a list before you go shopping to avoid impulse purchases. Using frozen or even canned versions of items can save on costs. Buy in bulk. Use generic brands. Don’t use recipes that ask for special ingredients that you may never use again.

Prepare to do some work, too, because the more convenient a product is, the more processed and expensive it is. Prepare meats and poultry on your own. Shred cheese yourself. Cut and wash vegetables and fruits versus purchasing them that way. Try adding lentils and pulses to your meals. They are not only economical but high in fibre and protein. Try making more casseroles, stews and hearty soups that stretch further. Pasta is another great option. Be creative.

Check out the Dietitians of Canada website for recipes at: www.dietitians.ca

You can try some simple quick recipes that I made up and adjust the ingredients to your tastes.

Entree

Chicken pieces (skin off)

Canned apricots

Raisins or dates

No-salt chicken broth

Splash of white wine (optional)

Olive oil

Bay leaf

Thyme

Poultry seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

Place ingredients in your crockpot or baking dish and cook until done (internal temp of chicken should be 165F). Drizzle with olive oil.

Salad dressing

Light mayonnaise

Plain yogurt

Honey mustard

Honey

Buttermilk

Dill

Salt and pepper to taste

Place ingredients into a jar. Use 2:1 ratio of mayo to yogurt. Add buttermilk to thin dressing to the consistency you like. Shake until combined. Add to your salad or other food items.

Happy nutrition month! Bon mois de la nutrition!

Lisa Lagasse

Lisa Lagasse
Charleswood community correspondent

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at Charleswoodres@gmail.com or find her on Twitter: @LisaRD42324393

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