EatRight Ontario – Simple Recipes for Diabetics, Good Health and Using Leftovers Creatively
Students and seniors make up approximately 50% of client contacts at EatRight Ontario (ERO). ERO is a contact centre funded by the Ontario government, where Registered Dietitians provide free healthy eating advice for all Ontarians. Though essential to prevent chronic disease, healthy eating is challenging for many especially those who cook for one or two such as seniors or students.
To help provide support for making smaller scale recipes ERO combined its nutrition expertise with George Brown College’s Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt) and culinary students.
Together the team co-created ten simple but nutritious recipes for the targeted users, such as those at risk for diabetes. The recipes save time plus reduce food waste. Each was vigorously tested to ensure they were both delicious and affordable and easy to prepare. Three of the recipes have an international flare, using ethnic ingredients, spices or preparation methods. All the recipes follow and highlight ERO’s nutrition guidelines. They limit sodium and sugar content, increase fibre, and favour and use low glycemic index (GI) ingredients. To make a splash of the project’s results, 500 soft covered booklets featuring all ten recipes were sent out to the public. Now, a downloadable eBook and two minute videos in English and French are promoted on www.eatrightontario.ca and via ERO’s social media outlets such as Facebook.