Simple nutritious brown-bag lunches for work and school

Meal prep doesn’t have to take all weekend for you to enjoy healthy lunches and snacks during the week. This twist on two favourites combines the gooey cheese and toppings of pizza with the easy handheld goodness of tortillas.

Choose whole grain tortillas for an extra nutritional punch of essential nutrients, including fibre. Only 65 per cent of Canadians ensure fibre is included in their diet plans, and here at Good in Every Grain we know how important fibre is to a healthy balanced lifestyle. The tortillas are also a good source of iron, another important nutrient that only 40 per cent of people deliberately include in their diet.

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Keep grains in your summer meal plans

It’s the beginning of June and 2019 is almost half gone, which means summer will finally commence! Not surprisingly, many families are working towards keeping up their schedules and routines until the school year ends. With only a few weeks left of school, how are you keeping up with your everyday eating routine?

I often have people approach me and ask for recipe ideas to change up meals to keep things interesting throughout the week. I understand that eating the same meals several days per week can get boring or repetitive! With summer break around the corner, meal planning and keeping fun, healthy meals on the table can be a challenge for busy families. Have you thought about including more grains into your diet? As a dietitian, I find grains are always a nutritious, delicious and versatile option for multiple meals!

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#TrainWithGrainsTuesday Tip 11

We know how hard it is to ensure you and your family are enjoying a healthy lifestyle that includes whole grains. Every Tuesday we will release a #TrainWithGrainsTip that will help you include whole grains into your healthy lifestyle.

Our tip this week is:

Tip #11

Healthy eating starts with balanced menus and portion sizes, especially when it comes to filling your plates up for meals.  It is generally agreed that a balanced plate consists of 1/4 proteins, 1/4  carbohydrates and 1/2 vegetables.

Try filling half your plate with vegetables like broccoli, lettuce, peppers or cucumbers. The other half should be split between carbohydrates like pasta, potatoes, bread, or crackers, and the rest should be proteins like fish, chicken, beef or eggs!

Swap out the proteins, carbs and vegetables depending on if it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner!