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University Advancement | March 2019  

 

A dietitian breaks down the Canada Food Guide

Cara Rosenbloom, Food and Nutrition ’99

Cara Rosenbloom, Food and Nutrition ’99, is a an author and dietitian.

 

With March being Nutrition Month, we’ve asked dietitian and cookbook author Cara Rosenbloom, Food and Nutrition ’99, to share her thoughts on the new Canada Food Guide.

Rosenbloom is a journalist, passionate advocate of healthy eating, and the author of Nourish: Whole Food Recipes Featuring Seeds, Nuts and Beans.

 

Q. What is the top takeaway from the new Canada Food Guide?

A. Fill your plate with whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and proteins. And reduce your intake of highly processed foods.

 

Q. What is the easiest way we can start incorporating these guidelines into our everyday lives?

A. Take a look at your plate when you’re eating any meal, and ask yourself: “Is there a vegetable or fruit on my plate? Is there a protein source (such as fish, beans, tofu, chicken, eggs, etc.). Am I eating whole or refined grains?” See where you can make improvements. If you’re not sure how to answer these questions, make an appointment with a dietitian to learn more about healthy eating.

 

Q. There is a greater focus on plant-based proteins in this guide. What is your favorite plant-based protein?

A. Chickpeas! I love adding them to salad, whipping them up into hummus, roasting some as a crunchy snack, or sautéing with garlic and topping with fresh aromatic herbs like basil, mint and cilantro.

 

Q. If you had to choose one food you couldn’t live without, what would it be?

A. Kale! Nope — just kidding. I do love kale, but I love chocolate more — especially dark chocolate.

 

Q. If you could only give us one tip toward better nutrition, what would it be?

A. Cut back on highly processed foods (chips, fried food, fast food, candy, pop, pastries, etc.) and replace those items with whole foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and fish.