By UBC dietetic interns Ariel Seah and Timothy Lau, and VCH Public Health Dietitian Kathy Romses
We all have one thing in common – food is part of our everyday lives. What roles does food have for you? Every year, Dietitians of Canada organizes Nutrition Month, and this year's theme, Unlock the Potential of Food, looks at how food can help us in many different ways:
Fuel: A balanced diet provides energy for us to grow, learn, play and work. Almost half of all Canadians say that eating a balanced diet is hard for them because they are so busy. Visit the Nutrition Month website for some healthy and easy to prepare meal and snack ideas!
Visit the website www.NutritionMonth2018.ca to find more resources, recipes, phone apps and ways to be involved during Nutrition Month!
HealthLink BC's registered dietitians offer free telephone, email and web-based based food and nutrition services for anyone living in BC. Call 8-1-1 (or 7-1-1 for the hearing impaired) or email a HealthLinkBC Dietitian. Some extended health benefit plans may include dietitian services.
- 4 cups/1000 mL, chopped romaine lettuce
- 2 cups/500 mL, cooked brown rice
- 2 cups/500 mL, canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 teaspoon/5 mL, ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon/1 mL, chili powder, optional
- 1 cup/250 mL, chopped red bell peppers
- 1 cup/250 mL, canned corn kernels, drained
- 1 cup/250 mL, chopped tomatoes
- 1 cup/250 mL, shredded cheese blend
- Cilantro, optional
- Dressing of your choice
Divide romaine lettuce evenly into four serving bowls.
Toss rice and black beans in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste, cumin and chilli powder (optional). Divide into serving bowls.
Divide red bell peppers, corn, tomatoes into bowls.
Sprinkle cheese over the mix. Garnish with cilantro if you like.
Serve with your favourite dressing (we suggest fresh lime juice, olive oil and crushed garlic) and a glass of milk or fortified soy beverage for a delicious, balanced meal.