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Unlock the potential of food


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!

  • Discover: Eating habits start at a young age. Use team work to plan, shop, cook and learn together with your children – it's fun and rewarding!

  • Prevent: What we eat can affect our health. Eating healthy can help prevent us from getting sick. Unsure of how to do this? A dietitian can help!

  • Heal: Food not only prevents sickness, but can also help you get and feel better when you are sick.

  • Bring us together: Dietitians want to remind you of the power of coming together during meals. It gets us eating better and also allows us to share and create memories with our loved ones. Try making the Tex-Mex Bowl recipe below with your friends and/or family.

Visit the website to find more resources, recipes, phone apps and ways to be involved during Nutrition Month!

Access dietitian services

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. 

Tex-mex bowl recipe (serves 4) 

  • 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

Recipe instructions

  1. Divide romaine lettuce evenly into four serving bowls.

  2. 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.

  3. Divide red bell peppers, corn, tomatoes into bowls.

  4. Sprinkle cheese over the mix. Garnish with cilantro if you like.

  5. 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.

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