March 1st marks the first day of National Nutrition Month. We are always excited to spread the message of Nutrition all year round, but especially during this month. The theme for this year’s Dietitians of Canada campaign is “Unlock the Potential of Food!” The theme covers a number of topics that I will discuss in my blogs this month! The first topic discusses the Potential to Fuel. This means staying energized and making sure to plan nutrition snacks throughout your day. All snacks should include 2 of the 4 food groups from Canada’s Food Guide. For more information on the Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month campaign visit www.dietitians.ca
We always encourage our KES Clubs to serve healthy foods from Canada’s Food Guide and encourage fruits and veggies with all our daily menus. A breakfast menu should include 3 of the 4 food groups. You can try this healthy recipe in celebration of Nutrition Month at your KES Club:
Make ahead Berry Breakfast Parfait
- 1 cup large-flake rolled oats
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds (optional)
- 1 1/2 cup2% plain yogurt
- 1 1/2 cup2% vanilla yogurt
- 2 cups blueberries, sliced strawberries and/or raspberries Refrigeration time: 8 hours
In a skillet over medium heat, toast large-flake rolled oats and nuts (if using), stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden and fragrant. Immediately transfer to a bowl and let cool. Stir in flax seeds (if using).
In a bowl, whisk together plain yogurt and vanilla yogurt.
Alternately layer oat mixture, yogurt and berries in four individual 1-1/2-cup (375 mL) reusable containers with lids or tall glasses. Seal with lids or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.
Info & Recipe sourced from: https://www.dietitians.ca/Downloads/Public/NM2018-Ambassador-toolkit-Eng.aspx & http://www.cookspiration.com
Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.