Nutrition Month 2022: Ingredients for a Healthy Tomorrow!

Many of us would like to develop habits that support our health. Dietitians work alongside clients to encourage them to take control of their health and well-being. Taking a holistic approach to care, dietitians help clients develop sustainable, healthy habits. Adopting one healthy habit can set the tone for a healthier tomorrow!

Dietitians provide advice that reflects a person’s culture, food skills and financial constraints. They educate clients about their health status and encourage sustainable lifestyle changes. During this tumultuous time, many are struggling to support their health goals. The combination of rising food prices, balancing working-from-home with family life, and adjusting to COVID-related measures has placed nutritious meals on the back burner. We know the importance of nutrition in preventing chronic conditions and supporting our mental health.

With only 30% of Canadians eating the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, incorporating more plants in our diet is one way to support our health. Starting with a small specific action, will set you up for success. A weekly habit such as Meatless Mondays will challenge you to add more plants in your diet. Not only will adopting a plant-forward diet help with your health goals, it will reduce your food budget. Using simple meal prep appliances such as a slow cooker, can make the transition easy!

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili
(Adapted from All Recipes Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili Recipe)

Ingredients 

  • 1 can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Directions 

  1. Chop and set aside celery and bell peppers.
  2. Add tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, onions, jalapeno pepper, carrot, garlic, and spices to slow cooker.  
  3. Cover and set on low for 6-8 hours.  
  4. In the last 30 minutes to 1-hour, add celery and bell peppers.
  5. Serve with bread and enjoy!

To learn more about how dietitians are using their skills and expertise to create sustainable change across the food system, check out NutritionMonth2022.ca.