Be a “Locavore”

March is National Nutrition Month!

“Celebrate food… from field to table.”

Vegetables and Fruit are plentiful in Canada.  A wide range of vegetables, from asparagus to zucchinis, are grown in Canada. In 2009 sweet corn and green peas were the most popular crops grown.  Fruit grown in Canada include apples, apricots, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, peaches, pears, raspberries and strawberries.  Add variety – eat with the seasons.

Grain products like wheat, corn, rye, oats, barley and buckwheat are all grown in Canada. Grain products offer lots of vitamins and minerals along with fibre.  When choosing grains, make them whole!  Whole grains home more nutrients than those grains that are refined.

Milk and alternatives such as milk, cheese, yogurt and fortified soy beverages are just some of the delicious foods from this food group.  Almost 1 million dairy cows live in Canada on over 13000 farms and supply Canadians with milk.

Meat and alternatives include items like beef, pork, lamb, bison, poultry, eggs, fish and shellfish along with nut and legume meat alternatives.  Canada boasts the worlds longest coastline (244, 000kms), representing 25% of the worlds coastlines.  Our lakes and seas provide us with more that 160 species of fish and seafood.  Canada is also a large producer and exporter of pulses (peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas).

This month enjoy the rich bounty of food available to us in Canada!

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Eat well – be well!

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