Nutrition month: TIP 2: Stop shopping for “ready-to-go” meals when your fridge is full of food. Make a plan and stick to it.

1men-as09-gazette-grocery-bagHave you ever gone to the store, bought groceries, filled your fridge and then stopped the next day to pick up a “meal-togo”? You need a plan! A food shopping and cooking plan will help you feel less stressed about what to feed your family at the last minute. Try these tips:

  • Plan meals that are easy to make. Slow cooker meals are super-simple – just fill up the slow cooker and turn it on before you head out the door in the morning and you’ll have a hot, satisfying meal ready to eat when you arrive home.
  • Make the most of leftovers. Tonight’s roast chicken could be tomorrow’s soup, pasta, sandwich or salad.
  • Prepare ahead. Get some of the ingredients ready the night before to help with the mealtime rush.
  • Stock up. Fill your fridge, freezer and cupboards with basic food items so ingredients are readily available.

Make your plan and stick to it!

For more planning and shopping tips, visit:
http://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Plan-Shop-Cook/Plan-Well.aspx
http://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/articles/planning-%E2%80%93-get-organizedplan-ahead-make-list

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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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