It’s unan­i­mous: Do this more of­ten in 2019

Truro Daily News - - LIVING - Jen­nifer Fer­gu­son Jen­nifer Fer­gu­son is a reg­is­tered di­eti­tian with Sobeys in Truro.

For many, ring­ing in the New Year marks a fresh start and a pop­u­lar time to make a change or try achiev­ing a new or pre­vi­ously at­tempted per­sonal goal.

One of the most com­mon New Year’s res­o­lu­tions is to im­prove per­sonal fit­ness and nu­tri­tion. Is this some­thing you have set out to do in 2019? Sobeys di­eti­tians can help you stick to your goals and achieve your best!

First, we sug­gest set­ting re­al­is­tic goals and striv­ing for healthy, long- last­ing habits. Avoid fad di­ets and quick fixes that sound too good to be true – they usu­ally are!

You don’t have to pun­ish your­self for a few in­dul­gences over the hol­i­days. What you eat between New Year’s and Christ­mas mat­ters more than what you ate between Christ­mas and New Year’s.

I asked sev­eral Sobeys Reg­is­tered Di­eti­tians (RDS) for their top rec­om­men­da­tions on eat­ing bet­ter in 2019, and it was unan­i­mous – it’s all about eat­ing more

veg­eta­bles. Here are some tips to help you in­crease your veg­gie in­take.

Bite Off What You Can Chew If you’re not a veg­gie eater to be­gin with, aim­ing to have them at ev­ery meal may not seem ap­pe­tiz­ing and may not last long ei­ther. In­stead, start by find­ing one way in your daily rou­tine to eat more veg­eta­bles.

RD Tip: If you are like many, time is pre­cious. Try Sobeys’ ready-made sal­ads and meals or stop by the deli for roasted veg­etable op­tions.

Dou­ble Up

Adding more veg­eta­bles to dishes you al­ready pre­pare reg­u­larly is a great place to start. Bump up the amount of veg in your tomato sauce or soup, chili or casse­role.

RD Tip: Don’t like chop­ping veg­gies? Our stores have var­i­ous op­tions to help you eas­ily get more veg­eta­bles into your meals. When shop­ping in the pro­duce sec­tion, look for pre-diced mix­tures of cel­ery, onion and car­rot or pre-chopped broc­coli and sliced pep­pers.

Visit the freez­ers to also find

op­tions such as Com­pli­ments chopped spinach that is su­per easy to pop into a soup, stir fry or smoothie, and Com­pli­ments veg­eta­bles for spaghet­tis and soups.


Try a veg­etable that you’ve never had be­fore, or try fa­mil­iar veg­eta­bles in a dif­fer­ent way. You just might find a new fam­ily favourite! Many peo­ple are not huge fans of Brus­sels sprouts un­til they try them roasted. Some­times chang­ing up the cook­ing method can help to im­prove how a veg­etable tastes.

RD Tip: Join our Sobeys di­eti­tians in a Healthy Cook­ing or Taste and Learn class to learn about tasty ways to pre­pare veg­eta­bles. Or fol­low us on Face­book and Twit­ter for veg­etable recipe ideas all year long.


To help veg­gies make a reg­u­lar ap­pear­ance on your plate, take a few min­utes ev­ery week to shred, chop or dice them ahead of time. Then store them in sep­a­rate con­tain­ers in the fridge. This makes them grab- and- go ready and you’ll be more likely to add them to a wrap or an omelet.

RD Tip: Make a des­ig­nated space or use a tray in your fridge for easy ac­cess to your pre­chopped veg­eta­bles.

Nu­tri­tion Events

Guys in the Kitchen A two-week pro­gram to learn about mak­ing choices that taste good. Bring your ap­petite.

I will cook and you can eat! Pro­tein Power: Tues­day, Jan. 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Rab­bit Food: Tues­day, Jan. 15, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Call Jen­nifer at 902-895-7382 to reg­is­ter.

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