Thursday, February 26, 2015

Eating well at work made easy with Canadian Lentils

Eating well at work made easy

Dietitian Tips and Recipes from Canadian Lentils

Dietitians celebrate Nutrition Month with Eating 9 to 5! campaign

Saskatoon, SK, February 24, 2015—Almost half of Canadians (45%) say that eating healthy meals and snacks while at work is challenging, according to an Ipsos Reid poll conducted for Dietitians of Canada.

“With limited time to prep meals, rushed mornings and sugar-loaded temptations at work, it’s no wonder we experience mid-day slumps and commuter cravings,” saysGloria Tsang, a Vancouver-based dietitian, founder of HealthCastle.com and author ofGo UnDiet.

You can banish those 3 p.m lows and fast food cravings by adding Canadian lentils to your lunch and snacks, says Gloria.

Canadian Lentils (lentils.ca) is an official sponsor of Nutrition Month 2015, a campaign promoted by Dietitians of Canada to encourage Canadians to eat well at work.

Dietitian Gloria Tsang hopes to inspire Canadians to eat better at work and make other positive changes for a healthier workplace and nutrition environment.

“Canadian Lentils are a perfect solution for eating well at work because they are easy to prep and cook, packed with nutrition and incredibly versatile,” says Gloria. “There are hundreds of ways to add lentils to your workday snacks and lunches that will help you boost your concentration and get through the day without reaching into your junk food drawer.”

Gloria’s Tips for Eating Well at Work with Canadian Lentils (+Recipes)
Always pair a carb snack with a protein snack. Protein helps stabilizing blood sugar and help make us full longer.
  • Try Quinoa Lentil Salad Wraps, easy to prepare ahead and eat at your desk when in a rush. Or, simply top any salads with cooked lentils for a quick nutrition boost.
  • Snacks can be nutritious too.  Most sweet snacks are loaded with simple carbohydrate with lots of sugar and not much fibre and other nutrients. However, you can totally make over your snacks by incorporating lentils.
  • Remember to power up in the mornings to get you through the day.
  • For those morning or evening commutes, try this easy Blueberry Oatmeal Lentil Muffins
  • Prepare ingredients that need to be cooked ahead. For instance, pre-cook lentils on weekends and store them in the fridge to be used on weekdays. Alternately, choose canned lentils. For a super easy guide on how to cook lentils, visitlentils.ca
Canadian Lentils is an official sponsor of Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month 2015. Canadian Lentils is an Official Mark of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, a farmer funded organization that works to advance the pulse industry in Saskatchewan, the heart of the lentil-growing region in Canada. For more information about Canadian Lentils and to see more great ways to cook with lentils, visit lentils.ca.

Note to Editor: Recipes and images courtesy of Canadian Lentils.
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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!

Today, my love for teaching is branching out even further - I'm in Montessori training to solidify my love for the system and working with children and families!