Eat for health in 2019

Jan 02, 2019

It’s a brand new year, why not start it off on the right foot? Eating well is always among the top New Year’s Resolutions, and often one of the first resolutions to be broken. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you eat for health in 2019, and stick to it.

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Eat Well Plate

Build healthy meals with the Eat Well Plate. This handy trick will help you follow Canada’s food guide. The basic rule to follow for building healthy meals is to fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruit. Once you have a 50% balance of veggies and fruits, fill the other half with about 30% whole grains and 20% protein from meat or meat alternatives.

Healthy Recipes for Each Meal

Breakfast: Eat Your Greens Frittata

Eggs and veggies are a great start to the day, but can be enjoyed any time! To make this recipe, wilt spinach in a skillet over medium heat, add diced peppers, minced garlic and hot pepper flakes (optional). Cook for three minutes. Whisk eggs with Parmesan cheese. Add this to the skillet and stir to combine. When it begins to set, place the skillet under the broiler for 2 or 3 minutes until golden. Breakfast is ready!

Lunch: Colourful Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is a delicious alternative to couscous that's packed with protein. It makes an excellent meatless meal suitable for vegetarians and vegans. To make this plant-based recipe, toast some quinoa in a medium hot skillet until it begins to pop. Add in vegetable broth, garlic and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the broth is absorbed. Heat chopped and seeded bell peppers, peeled and sliced carrot and zucchini, olive oil, lemon rind and pepper over medium-high heat. Stir as needed, until golden and tender crisp. Combine your cooked vegetables with your fluffed, cooked quinoa. Mix in basil, vinegar and lemon juice and enjoy!

Dinner: Tomato Spinach Shrimp Pasta

This easy and healthy pasta dish is perfect winter comfort food. Add peeled and deveined shrimp and olive oil to a skillet over medium-low heat. Add red pepper flakes, paprika, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. When the shrimp is cooked through, remove from the heat and set aside. Add chopped tomato, fresh spinach, fresh basil and chopped garlic to the skillet. Heat until the spinach wilts. Remove from the heat and cover as you cook your favourite pasta according to the package directions. Add the cooked pasta and shrimp to the skillet, reheat on low and serve!

Timbercreek hopes these healthy eating tips and recipes help you make this your best year yet! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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