To snack or not to snack?

Mar 15, 2018 | News

Happy Nutrition Month 2018! This year, our team of dietitians and volunteers are working together across all Providence sites to help to “Unlock the Potential of Food”. Through our media writing, patient education, staff engagement, and health promotion efforts, we hope to demonstrate that food has incredible power to fuel, to engage children in discovery, to prevent, to heal, and to bring us together. Thank you for joining us in this journey!

Do you find it challenging to eat a balanced diet each day? Maybe you work shift work or are commuting a few hours each day. Whatever the reason, you’re not alone in this struggle. Nearly half of Canadians find it challenging to eat well due to a busy schedule.

Have snack, will energize

It’s important to stay fuelled to keep your energy up, especially on those busy days; incorporating nutritious snacks into your day is a great way to do this!

Snacks are different than treats (e.g., cookies, chips, etc.); rather, think of them as mini-meals. These "mini-meals" should offer some nutritional value to give you the energy boost you need. Having a snack with some protein and fibre is a great combination -- think veggie sticks with hummus, whole grain crackers with cheese or a piece of fruit with a small handful of nuts.

5 Tips for Smart Snacking

  • Plan ahead. Have healthy options on-hand to grab when you need them and help you avoid less-healthy options.
  • Be aware of portion sizes. Don’t eat straight from a large bag; portion out your snacks before digging in!
  • Listen to your hunger cues. Eat to satisfy hunger, not boredom. Ask yourself: am I truly hungry?
  • Skip distracted snacking! It’s easy to overeat when you’re multitasking, put your phone down, take a break and focus on your food.
  • Snack on vegetables. Get your 8 to 10 by having a serving of vegetables or fruit as part of your snack.

Need some more healthy snacking inspiration? Try this eggplant dip recipe!

Adapted from the Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month campaign materials. Find more information about Nutrition Month at www.nutritionmonth2018.ca.

Be part of Nutrition Month activities at Providence this March:

  • To Unlock the Potential of Food, visit the Clinical Nutrition team at our Nutrition Booth on March 6, March 12, March 21, and March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to spin the wheel and sample some delicious foods!
  • Support your knowledge of nutrition by playing our Jeopardy game, which will happen throughout the month of March at all our Providence Sites.
  • Access great recipes and menu planning tips through the Nutrition Month App, Cookspiration, and eaTracker, at www.dietitians.ca/gettheapps.
  • Tweet about your goals and achievements with #Nutritionmonth. 

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