Nutrition Nook


The Nutrition Nook is where Andrea and Veronica, your Blue Sky Family Health Team Registered Dietitians will be posting mini newsletters, recipes, healthy eating tips and more.  Check out the great information posted here, updated regularly.

Veronica and Andrea

October 20, 2016 – Winter Farmers’ Market

It’s true!  The Farmers’ Market is moving indoors.  Doors will open on November 4th, 2016 in the North Bay Mall.  To give input on what you’d like to see at the Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

October 13, 2016 – Food Recalls

Ever wonder if a food you’ve eaten has been recalled because you heard the last 2 seconds of the announcement on the radio?  It’s so easy to access information these days, social media is always buzzing with information.  Here is a trusted site with the latest recalls and alerts.  Check it out HERE.

I’ll add this link to the Nutrition Resources Link.

Stay warm out there, it’s a chilly one:)

October 11, 2016 – Stress

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hopefully everyone had a great, stress free weekend with family and friends.  I’m not going to lie, sometimes I stress over little things.  Everything has to be just perfect.  A few things I do to try to cope are getting enough sleep, getting outside for walks as often as I can and trying to make time for me, to relax.

Many people struggle with stress and often go to food.  Here is a great article on things you can do to manage your stress without going to food.  Click HERE.

Eat Right Ontario is a great website full of information and contact information to get a hold of a Registered Dietitian.  If you’d rather speak to a Registered Dietitian in person, ask your doctor for a referral if you are part of the Blue Sky Family Health Team.

October 6, 2016 – Last Farmers Market of the Year

I remember being excited when the market opened for the season back in May.  Now it’s closing time.  I plan to go and pick up some dessert, maybe a pie or two.  Make sure you make it down there Saturday morning.

In the spirit of giving?  This Saturday, bring down your non-perishable food items to donate to the North Bay Food Bank.  Let’s make sure everyone gets a nice meal this year!  Check out the Farmers Market facebook page for more information.

See you out there!

October 4, 2016 – Local Food Events

Check out the Nipissing and Area Food Charter Website for an updated list of food related events in the community.

The Dietitians at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit have put together the Nipissing and Area Food Charter, a great community initiative to bring the importance of local food and a healthy food environment to the forefront.

Read about how you can get involved and support the Food Charter by clicking HERE.

September 29, 2016 – SENIOR POWER!!!

On October 12, 2016 at the Elk’s Club – EMPOWERING SENIORS CONFERENCE

Topics include:

  • possible risks of financial abuse through Power of Attorneys
  • Frauds and scams
  • Tips on safe banking

Free Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes in the North Bay Parry Sound District for Older Adults Aged 65 and up.

Staying active can help seniors stay independent and safe.  Empowering seniors gives them more confidence in keeping independent.  Share this great conference and free exercise opportunities with your senior friends and loved ones.

September 27, 2016 – Community Kitchen and Dinners at The Gathering Place

Smoothies and Slow Cookers – Brought to you by the Ontario

 Early Years Centre and Metis Nation of Ontario. Register by September 30, 2016.  For information, click HERE.

Dinners at the Gathering Place – Starting September 30th, 2016, dinner will be served Friday, Saturday and Mondays. For more information, click HERE.

September 22, 2016 – First Day of Fall

The leaves are turning colour and starting to fall.  It’s supposed to be a sunny weekend though!

Celebrate the start of Fall with Leisure Farms in Sturgeon Falls.  Pumpkin patch and Fall activities begin this weekend!

See how to get there by clicking HERE.

At this time of year, pumpkin flavoured foods are everywhere. I love a little pumpkin puree in my oatmeal, with cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar.  Add some pecans and it might as well be pumpkin pie for breakfast.

Pumpkin seeds are also a tasty snack, full of fibre and iron and protein, why not?

Enjoy a pumpkin latte while browsing the market Saturday morning, only a few more weeks left!

September 20, 2016 – The Doctor’s Kitchen

Lots of great things happening in Powassan!  September 24th at the Powassan Library Dr Dielle Raymond, a naturupathic doctor is hosting a free pulses cooking class from 11am – 1pm.

Pulses include food like chick peas, black beans, lentils, kidney beans.  These foods are full of fibre and protein, can help keep you full, control blood sugars, help lower the bad cholesterol.  A SUPER food in my books.  They can get boring though, attend The Doctor’s Kitchen for great ideas on how to make pulses fun and regular part of your diet.

For more information on the event, click HERE.

For more information on the nutritional benefits of Pulses, click HERE.

September 16, 2016 – Public Free Skate in Powassan

This post is bitter sweet for me.  It signals the end of summer, the start of the colder season.  Sharpen your skates everyone!

Free Public Skating at the Sportsplex in Powassan.  Check out the details on their Facebook page HERE.

September 13, 2016 – Cheese of the Month Club


Orchards Fresh Food Market on Trout Lake Rd has Cheese of the Month Club which gives you two cheeses and more. The cost is 75$ for a 3 month membership.  I’ve only heard great things about it!

For Contact information click HERE.

Cheeses are high in calcium and protein.  They can be low fat or high sodium, soft or sharp.  Some are better served warm or cold.  All types of cheese can fit in a healthy diet.


September 7, 2016 – The Dining Club at St. James

What a great idea!  Not all seniors have access to the internet, let your senior friends and family know about this great club happening in Parry Sound.

September 1, 2016 – WEBSITE UPDATED!

New Recipe up – Black Bean Burgers

Check out some of the Blue Sky Family Health Teams favourite recipes HERE.

New Newsletter up – Focus on Iron

Newsletter updated every month, this one is about iron.

Nutrition Nook Updates – OFTEN!  Come back and see what’s happening in the North Bay & area and other interesting tid bits about food and nutrition.

Have any great ideas for newsletters or posts?  Contact Veronica at 705-475-0500.  I’d love to know what YOU want to know about.

Have a great long weekend!!!

August 29, 2016 – Tummy Troubles?

Referrals for irritable bowel syndrome and other stomach troubles are coming in more and more frequently.  If you are seeing Andrea or Veronica, it’s always helpful to bring in a food record with details about your symptoms.  If you are taking anything for the stomach pain like supplements or probiotics, bring those in too.

There is a lot of information out there about different diets.  A great website with easy to read information is The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation website.  I’m really into the infographics lately, check out this one about probiotics:

See more of their infographics HERE.

August 26, 2016 – GUEST POST – Mark, Registered Social Worker

One of the perks of working alongside dietitians is that you get to bother them for nutrition advice at the water cooler.  One of the most helpful ideas that I’ve heard (many times) from our Blue Sky dietitians is that there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods and that it is better to think about the big picture when making food choices.  This article from the New York Times illustrates this well – if a group of nutritionists can’t agree on whether or not a food is healthy, maybe this isn’t the only question we should be considering when making decisions about our diet.

So many things can influence the choices we make.  One thing I always tell my clients: a healthy diet is never 100% perfect and does include less healthy food occasionally.  This doesn’t mean you give up on trying to make healthy food choices as often as you can.

Here is the link to the article Mark was referring to.

See ya at the market tomorrow morning

August 19, 2016 – Corn and Garlic Festival

8:30am-1pm at the Farmers Market, near the bus terminal – Hot corn, garlic in breads, buns and butter and more.  See ya tomorrow! 🙂

Garlic has a strong and distinct flavour.  It’s great for flavouring dishes without adding a ton of extra salt.  I’ve seen garlic in salad dressing, sliced on pizza and even in ice cream.  Can’t say I’ve had garlic sliced on pizza or in ice cream, but never say never.

August 16, 2016 – New Food Bank Hours

Food bank hours are changing starting September 1, 2016. For more information on how to donate, what to donate and how to get access to food, check out their website HERE.

August 11, 2016 – Healthy Living Calendars

Every year The Canadian Diabetes Association and put out Healthy Living Calendars. Each month has a new great recipe and the calendars have great information and tips as well. Download your copy HERE.

Dairy also puts out a yearly calendar. Check out their calendar recipes HERE.

Don’t forget to check out the Blue Sky Family Health Team tried and true recipes. Updated monthly, recipes are always tried by one of our great staff members before it is posted.

August 8, 2016 – Feast on the Farm

What a great event!  Eating fresh, perfectly cooked corn in the corn fields, chatting with happy strangers about their favorite dishes, riding on the wagon and waving at people.  I’m definitely planning on going next year!

Some highlights for me:

The haskap wine from Boreal Berry Farm and Winery.  I have never tried this wine before and it was a bit on the sweet side, which I love.  The Haskap Berry is new to me too.  They are blue and like all other berries have a lot of antioxidants.  Check out this website for more information on the Haskap berry.

The corn.  Yup, corn.  It was perfectly cooked and just as plain and natural as it comes, right from the fields we were sitting by.  The people from Leisure Farm know what they’re doing, I’m totally picking up some more corn this weekend at the farmers market.

I had high hope for this dessert, and it did not disappoint.  Here is a picture of the Strawberry Maple Creme Brule and more.  This delicious dessert came from Chez Jean-Marc Bakery.  I’ll be checking out this place again!

See ya there next year!!!

August 5, 2016 – Upcoming Events

Lots going on in the neighbourhood!

  1. Feast on the Farm – Sunday August 7, 4pm-8pm.  tickets are still on sale.  For more information click HERE.  I missed it last year because it was sold out, I’ll be there this year.
  2. Movie Night in the Garden – August 9, 8:30-11pm.  Monsters Inc is playing, one of the cutest movies ever!  Admission is free, snacks available with a donation.  For more information click HERE.
  3. August schedule at the Early Year Centre available – Click HERE.

August 3, 2016 – Stay on Your Feet

Stay on your Feet (SOYF) is the regional strategy that supports healthy active aging for older adults in the NE LHIN. They are working together across the NE LHIN to help older adults stay active, stay independent and stay on their feet.  For more information about this program click HERE.

Programs can be found across the region, click HERE for times and locations and contact information.

Here at Blue Sky Family Health Team, we run a program called STAND UP!  This 12 week program runs twice weekly and includes weekly education and exercises led by 2 health care professionals.  It’s a lot of fun too!  Ask your Doctor or health care professional for a referral today.

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