Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. This Nutrition Month, dietitians are encouraging you to find a way to eat well that suits you. Explore the many ways to make nutritious meals, being mindful that healthy eating should include foods you enjoy and keeping in mind that dietitians can help if you need assistance.
Marathon’s favorite ways to eat well
We asked the community about their favorite ways to include vegetables in their meals. Ideas ranged from roasted vegetables to fresh spring rolls and Greek salads. Julie Chevrier won the Nutrition Month contest by submitting a cilantro lime chicken burrito bowl recipe she made, which can be found here: https://gimmedelicious.com/cilantro-lime-chicken-burrito-bowls. Burrito bowls are increasing in popularity and this one features flavorful red peppers, corn, avocado and lime as the main vegetables.
Flexible healthy eating
As you can see from the contest submissions, healthy eating can look very different based on the individual. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to healthy eating because people have different nutritional needs, preferences, culture and traditions. Try different nutritious options to find out what you enjoy so you can aim to eat in a way that works for you. If you have kids, it’s helpful to expose them to different food cultures and with an open mind to decrease picky eating.
Free help is here
Healthy eating can get complicated with chronic conditions or food intolerances, as sometimes you may need to avoid foods typically considered healthy for the general population. Dietitians understand the science of nutrition and can give you personalized advice based on your unique health needs. They also recognize that it is important to consider your culture, budget and personal and household preferences to help youfindyour healthy. Self-refer by contacting the Marathon Family Health Team if you would like to book an appointment with a dietitian.
Michelle Broughton, Registered Dietitian