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Limit foods that won't rot – foods that won’t rot when left on your counter likely have large amounts of chemicals and preservatives. Consume these foods in moderation and focus more on fresh, preservative free foods.

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  • It is finally the time to become an adult around your food choices and eating habits. In this blog post from Michal Ofer, she gives insight into the reality of our adult lives with simple ideas on how to make positive changes in some key areas: Not cooking for yourself when you are alone Overindulging because you are on vacation Not being mindful about your eating Fighting your healthy weight Click here to read her post.
  • TIME, TIME, TIME, TIME, – we all want more of it but we can't make more hours in a day. We can, however, find ways to use time wisely to make healthy and tasty food that you and your family will enjoy.  Read our tips below – you're sure to find solutions that work for you. This article comes from the Dietitians of Canada. MAKE ‘PLANNED EXTRAS'   Different from leftovers, ‘planned extras’ are made on purpose! Get the most out of your time by cooking more food than you need for one meal. Plan to use the extra food for another meal within the next couple of days. Below are some great 'planned extra' ideas.   USE CONVENIENCE FOODS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE   Try the new selections of washed and ready-to-eat produce items such as broccoli slaw, baby spinach or romaine lettuce; the salad will be ready in a flash! Canned legumes, such as chickpeas or black beans, drained and rinsed, make a super simple salad. Pre-shredded cheese can make quick work of pasta dishes, pizza toppings or for sprinkling on salads and using in wraps. Canned fruit in its own juice can jump start a fruit salad. Frozen, partially baked whole grain bread can be popped into the oven. Frozen vegetables are nutritious and ready to help round out your meal; steam them lightly to keep great crunch and flavour. Frozen fruits are great in a smoothie, on cereal or in a fruit crisp. GO FOR SLOW   A slow cooker is a great kitchen appliance that can help you have a hot dinner on the table without much fuss. Simply follow your slow cooker recipe and go about your busy day. The food cooks slowly and safely. BIG-BATCH IT! Weekends can be a great time to prepare big batches of food that can be refrigerated or frozen for later use. Get together with family, friends or neighbours and share the work. Foods such as soups, stews, chili, casseroles, muffins, loaves and pancakes are perfect foods to 'big-batch'. MAKE YOUR FREEZER YOUR FRIEND! Many standard recipes can be doubled or tripled and frozen in meal sized airtight containers or resealable freezer bags. Quickly defrost a meal on nights when time is tight. Click here for some menu ideas using these time saving techniques.
  • Here’s a way to put those ubiquitous fidget spinners to use that will get kids moving more than just their fingers and will relieve stress in a whole different way. This article comes from Active for Life . Here’s how it works: Take the fidget spinner and place it on the floor or flat part of the ground. If you have a group participating, each person gets to take a turn spinning and also chooses the movement that the group will do together for as long as the fidget spinner keeps spinning. As soon as it stops, everyone stops moving and the next person takes a turn. You can decide as a group how long you’ll keep it up for. Dai and his family chose to keep moving for 15 minutes and that worked great. The time flies by because everyone is having so much fun spinning and moving. List of movements to choose from: Hopping on your right foot Hopping on your left foot Balancing on your right foot Balancing on your left foot Skipping Jumping Running (on the spot if you don’t have a lot of space) Sprinting Throw a ball into a bucket or large bin (have a bunch of balls ready so you don’t have to retrieve the original) Bouncing a ball Crab walk Bear crawl Playing catch Keeping a volley going with tennis or badminton racquets Galloping Jump rope Tightrope walk Freestyle – make up your own movement for the group to try! This activity is perfect for classrooms, camp groups, playdates, and siblings looking for something fun to do at home.

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Healthy Abbotsford is a city-wide initiative to engage the residents of the community in promoting, fostering and engaging in healthy lifestyle choices to encouratge the overall improvement in the health and well being of residents of abbotsford.