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Are Raw Vegetables Better for You?

April 10, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Vegetables and Fruit | Tags:

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Are raw vegetables better for you than cooked?

There has been a lot of attention on the health benefits of raw food diets lately. Raw food diets are those made up of mostly vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds that are eaten fresh or prepared with little cooking.

Promoters of raw food diets claim that cooking destroys important nutrients found in these foods, which lowers their health benefits. Raw foods can be part of a healthy and well-balanced diet, but do these claims really stand up when it comes to cooking vegetables?

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Supporting Food Banks with Healthy Food

April 3, 2018 by Catherine Atchison, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Healthy food for food banks

A few weeks ago, I read an article in my local paper about a student food drive that donated over 100kg of food to the food bank. It was a great reminder that food bank donations are needed and welcome twelve months a year. Last year, over 100,000 people in BC accessed food banks, and almost a third were children.

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Health Canada Food Label Changes: Have Your Say

March 27, 2018 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Health Canada Food Label Changes

Last week, my 9-year-old and I got into a disagreement about breakfast cereal while grocery shopping. I’ll leave it to your imagination which one he picked out, but I wasn’t buying it. “What’s too high in sugar?” he wanted to know. I tried to offer a brief tutorial on how to use the percent daily value (% DV) and show him that “sugar” was second in the ingredient list (which means it’s the second most used ingredient in the food.) His eyes glazed over. He told me that I was being “all dietitian-y again.”

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How to Use Leftovers

March 20, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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How to use leftovers

Let’s be honest. Planning and cooking meals can be a daunting task! Whether you are cooking for one or a whole family, it’s helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make life easier. That’s where leftovers come in.

Reusing leftovers involves creating new recipes from leftover foods. It can be a practical way to make food preparation easier and faster, while still enjoying a variety of meals. Using up all of your leftover food can also help your family reduce food waste, which is good for both your wallet and the environment.

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Nutrition for a Healthy Immune System

March 13, 2018 by Catherine Atchison, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Nutrition for a healthy immune system

During cold and flu season, people seem to fall into one of three groups: sick, getting over being sick, and hoping to not get sick again. Currently, I’m in the third group, so everywhere I go, I try to hold my breath in case it helps. That’s not a great long-term strategy. A better long-term strategy is to keep my immune system functioning at its best year round.

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