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Unlock the Potential of Food, Part 1

Joëlle Zorzetto RD

The Potential to Fuel

(Note: This is the first of five blog posts for this year's Nutrition Month. Check out our Health Matters page for the others in this series.)

Stay energized by planning nutritious snacks into your day. Here are some strategies to healthy snacking:

  1. Plan ahead. Keep on hand: fruit, nuts, cheese, crackers, cut up veggies, or yogurt.
  2. Be aware of portion sizes. Take a small quantity out of the bag or box, instead of having the whole bag or box to eat from.
  3. Listen to hunger cues. Am I truly hungry or am I bored, tired or stressed?
  4. Skip distracted snacking while looking at screens, driving or working.
  5. Snack on vegetables. Half of Canadians don’t eat enough vegetables or fruit.

Nutritious snacks, in the right portion sizes, can be part of healthy eating. Almost half of all Canadians say that eating a balanced diet is challenging for them because they are so busy. They often skip meals. Close to 30 per cent of Canadians say they snack to stay fuelled in a busy day.

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