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Nutrition Times
June 2022
Get Outside!
Whether you’re out for a hike, having a picnic lunch in the park, or camping with friends or family, there are lots of ways to eat well when you’re enjoying the great outdoors. While roasting a hot dog over an open fire is a campfire classic, there are many other foods that can be made while camping.
A portable camp stove or grill makes almost any meal possible outside. Or bring some aluminum foil to make packets of meats, vegetables, and pulses to roast over the fire.

Try these other healthy recipes on your next trip:
Backpacks and Cougars and Bears - Oh My!

Be sure to clean your camp or picnic site well after you’re
done, and store your food safely to avoid attracting
wildlife – especially bears and cougars! Store food and the
clothes you wore cooking or fishing in bear-resistant
containers, a bear-proof locker, or at least 100m away
from where you’re sleeping. If you’re in Bear Country, check
out Alberta’s Bear Smart safety guide to learn more.


No Bake Trail Mix

This trail mix is easy to make ahead for a healthy snack on the go. Create your own mix using your favourite cereals, dried fruit, nuts and seeds.

  • 2 cups (500ml) whole grain wheat squares (cereal)
  • 2 cups (500ml) oat ring cereal
  • 1 ½ (375ml) cups raisins or other dried fruit
  • ½ cup (125ml) unsalted almonds, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds
  • 1 ounce (30g) unsalted pretzels
  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
  2. Stir together.
  3. Store in an airtight container or portion into 6 small zip top bags for grab and go snacks.

Makes 8 servings (175mL/ ¾ cup/ 60g)

Food Safety Tips for Camping
  • Wash your hands before and after preparing food
  • Clean your work surfaces and your grill or camp stove
Avoid Cross-contamination
  • Use separate cutting boards, utensils, and plates for raw and cooked meats, and vegetables
  • Cook all raw meats to a safe internal temperature (minimum internal temperature of 74°C for 15 seconds)
Keep Hot Food Hot
(above 60°C)
  • Keep food outside the food temperature “danger zone” (4°-60°C) to avoid getting sick
  • Discard any food that’s been in the “danger zone” for more than 2 hours – when it doubt, throw it out!
Keep Cold Food Cold
(below 4°C)
  • Take food in a cooler that keeps food cold at or below 4°C
  • Use freezer ice packs which drip less
  • If you use loose ice, store everything in sealed containers to prevent cross-contamination
  • Keep the cooler out of the sun and closed as much as you can
  • Consider bringing a second one for drinks that can be opened more often
Learn More
  • Learn more about food safety tips while picnicking and Camping from Health Canada
Find a Dietitian
Upcoming Nutrition Classes
The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge
This June, fuel your body with nutritious foods and get moving to help your community get crowned Canada’s Most Active Community. Find out more and sign up here to track your activity here:

Infant and Toddler Nutrition Classes:
To look for upcoming classes, and to register, please visit 
Alberta Healthy Living Program: The Alberta Healthy Living Program classes are available to help manage chronic conditions. Topics include Diabetes, Weight Management, Stress Management, Healthy Eating to Reduce your Risk, Emotional Eating and more. Access the Class Guide here.
To register call: Lethbridge 1-866-505-6654 or Medicine Hat/Brooks 1-866-795-9709.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, all nutrition classes are now being offered online via Zoom.
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