Are you are getting all the nutrition you need? To check if you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, read the Canada Healthy Eating Guide, available in 10 different languages.
The Guide recommends that you balance these four types of food groups:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Milk and alternatives
- Meat and alternatives
Just remember that this guide is just that – a guide. Your cultural food may not exactly fall into these categories but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still good for you!
How Can I Eat Healthier?
Plan your weekly means. Make a list of the foods you need to make them, and stick to it when grocery shopping. Check out this great resource for making healtier food choices when shopping. Spend most of your time in the produce (fruits and vegetables) and fresh food sections of the store. These are usually located on the outer edges of the store. In the middle aisles choose inexpensive canned beans, lentils, whole wheat pasta and canned tomatoes and sauces.
You can also read about how to get healthy and affordable food, if you are on a tight budget.
But I'm A Student!
Fast food and take-out are popular food choices because students don’t always have the time and money to look for other options. Enjoy pizza, burgers and fries once in awhile but remember that you can make healthier choices most of the time. Learning how to cook can actually be a really fun experience and a skill you will need later.
Is What I Am Buying and Cooking Healthy?
You can call Eat Right Ontario at 1-877-510-5102 and ask them if what you are buying and cooking is healthy.
Generally, you should check the nutrition facts table on food labels to choose nutritious products with less fat, saturated fat, trans-fat, sugar and sodium. You can find this table on the back of most packaged foods. The % Daily Value tells you if a food has a little or a lot of a particular nutrient. Use this to make comparisons between products.
Healthy cooking methods are baking, steaming, broiling, roasting, and stir-frying. If you want to save time during the week, chop raw veggies into snack sized portions and put them in containers so you have quick snacks for your way out the door.