Nutrition Month is here! Tip #1

March 2013 Best Food Forward: PLAN SHOP COOK ENJOY!

Planning

Plan Shop Cook Enjoy!
Healthy eating starts at the supermarket. A grocery shopping strategy can save you time and money. It can also make healthy eating a little easier. Once you’ve got your plan, stick to it and enjoy!

PLAN
Before you head to the store, think about what meals you’ll be making, scan flyers for specials, check your kitchen’s inventory and make a grocery list.

SHOP
Read food labels and compare products to choose nutrient-rich foods in every aisle of the store. Fill your cart with vegetables, fruit, whole grains, milk products, lean fresh meat and meat alternatives such as legumes. Skip processed foods that are filled with fat, sugar or salt and low in nutrients.

COOK
Prepare more meals from scratch with good-for-you ingredients. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated; nutritious convenience foods, such as frozen fruit, ready-to-go salads and pre-chopped vegetables, offer simple shortcuts.

TIP 1:
Save time! A little planning before going to the grocery store helps you navigate aisles quickly.

It helps to know what you’re going to cook before you head to the store. A meal plan and grocery list make shopping simple. At the beginning of each week, take a few minutes to plan healthy meals and snacks – even just a few days’ worth.
Check store flyers and online coupon sites for specials. They can inspire meal ideas and help you save money! Check what foods you already have, then create a grocery list based on your meal plan. At the store, use your list to stay on track and shop only for foods you need.

For more planning tips, visit:
http://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Plan-Shop-Cook/Plan-Well.aspx
http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/MenuPlanner.aspx

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About alittlenutrition

Susan is passionate about teaching others how to achieve optimal health and wellness by taking the confusion out of nutrition and promoting fun ways to stay active. Susan has been a certified fitness instructor for over 8 years and enjoys teaching yoga, pilates, and fitball classes at Elite Fitness and Dance. However, her main interest in nutrition has led her in the direction of becoming a registered dietitian. Susan completed her undergrad in Human Nutritional Science at the University of Manitoba and has recently completed her dietetic internship with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Currently she is now combining her fitness skills with her nutrition knowledge and offering comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Susan worked as a sales executive for a variety of paint manufactures for over 10 years. She created innovative sales initiatives and marketing programs for corporate and independent retails stores. Now with her knowledge of nutrition and her business experience, she helps restaurants and food service operations create healthier meals options for their customers. Susan is highly involved in community health promotion, as she has been appointed to sit on the Recreation and Wellness Commission of Niverville and the Chair person for the South Eastman RHA District Health Advisory Council Western division. She is the co-founder of former the Niverville Active Living and she has put on many community health promotion activities such as: * Lose It For Life - Weight loss / Lifestyle Transformation program * Family Fitness Month…Win A Will Contest * Niverville Fair ~ Smoothie Booth * Community Cholesterol Reduction Challenge * Cooking On A Budget * Couch Potato Race She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, Dietitians of Canada, Manitoba Fitness Council and the Canadian Obesity Network. In her spare time, Susan enjoys cooking for her family, gardening, photography and being physically active outdoors with her husband and friends.
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