Meal Box Pros and Cons

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At some point towards the end of the 20th century, cooking started to be regarded as just another chore that had to be done to get through the day. The food industry further perpetuated these attitudes with products and services that allowed for convenient and inexpensive shortcuts to meal prep. As our awareness of health and desire for gourmet food begins to rise once more, meal box services have risen up to the challenge of granting our every wish. But have you ever stopped to think about what you’re really buying into?

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Make Meal Prep A Family Affair

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If everybody eats, why should it be up to only one person to prepare meals? Planning and preparing meals as a team can help you feel less stressed about feeding your family during the mealtime rush. Here are some tips for getting your family and friends involved to help lighten the load:

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Doing the Math: Making Dollars and Sense of Breakfast Foods

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Many food retailers have started to offer healthier breakfast products, but how do they really compare to their traditional homemade counterparts?

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CHALLENGE: HOMEMADE BREAKFAST VS TAKE-OUT BREAKFAST

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SOLUTION: BRING A BALANCED BREAKFAST

Though it’s hard to say exactly how much making these balanced breakfasts will cost you due to large variability in price between grocery stores, I’m willing to bet you can make it for less than what the retailer will charge you.

Regardless of grocery prices, when you add up the cost of your health when you choose the take-out version [read: lost work days due to illness], the math points in one direction: BYOB → BRING YOUR OWN BREAKFAST 

Eating breakfast on the run? Here are five easy, dietitian recommended ideas that will get you out the door in a hurry:

  1. Small home-baked whole-grain muffin, fresh fruit, and a low-fat latte in a travel mug
  2. Sliced hard-boiled egg, tomato, and lettuce in a whole-wheat pita
  3. Green smoothie made with frozen fruit, milk, plain yogurt, and a big handful of baby kale or spinach
  4. Nut butter, banana, and trail mix wrapped up in a whole-wheat tortilla
  5. Hummus with avocado and cucumber slices on rustic whole-grain toast

Come back tomorrow for more nutrition tips! 

Remember to eat health & live happy,

Anna Gofeld, RD

*this month's tips inspirations come from the Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month Campaign Resources Manual for Dietitians

Happy Nutrition Month!

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March is the most favourite month of most dietitians, including myself, as we work extra hard to promote good nutrition across the nation. With healthy eating being such a broad topic, each year the Nutrition Month campaign has a specific focus to make health messages less overwhelming.

This year the spotlight is on “Eating 9 to 5”, recognizing the challenges of eating around a busy work schedule. This is a great topic, as many people may know the basic principles of good nutrition, but often have trouble fitting it into their busy lives.

To celebrate, I’ll be discussing common healthy eating challenges and posting tips every day this month on how to eat better despite a busy schedule. So, lets get started!

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Red Flags of Fad Diets

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The new year is well upon us, with many setting weight loss and better health as goals in 2015. However, for the majority this is something they’ve strived for and failed at repeatedly, despite the best intentions. At just 4 weeks in, the gym is already looking emptier, as the initial excitement weens and the realization of efforts needed for success sets in.

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It’s important to remember that when it comes to getting in shape and losing weight, it’s important to keep in mind that sustainable changes take time and effort. Though the latest fad diet or weight loss supplement might help you shed pounds quickly, there’s a good chance that you’ll gain them back just as fast. In addition, some diets may restrict nutritious foods, putting your overall long term health at risk.

Some common RED FLAGS of fad diets include:

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