The new Canadian Food Guide was released on January 21st and provides a new perspective on what we should eat and how we can develop healthy eating habits. Here are 5 highlights of the changes and some inspiration to help you follow the guide.
The new food guide states we should be getting plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables can be eaten raw or cooked and can be made into interesting meals or sides. If vegetables and fruits aren’t your favourite, you can use recipes to make them more interesting and delicious. Get started with our Braised Cauliflower with Lemon and Almonds for a yummy side that helps balance out meals!
2. Incorporate Plant Based Proteins and Whole Grains
Plants can be a great source of protein and other nutrients. Examples of plant-based protein includes Chickpeas, Quinoa, Lentils, Beans and Tofu. Any of these can be used for protein in your meals instead of meat. Put together a bowl like the Harvest Quinoa Bowl or serve a Roasted Cauliflower and Tahini Dip for snacking!
3. Cook More Often
Knowing what’s in your food is a big part of eating better. Cooking meals at home can help and is the best way to know what you’re getting and save some money! Using recipes can help you create diversity and find creative ways to eat the foods recommended in the food guide. The internet is a great source of recipes and you can start here with the recipes in this Collection we’ve put together with Canada’s new Food Guide in mind!
4. Plan your Meals
Planning meals can help you cook more often and we’ve got you covered. Try making stews and soups that include fresh ingredients from the new Food Guide and then freeze them so you can eat them when you’re ready.
5. Keep your Pantry Stocked
Quick meals are easier when you have everything you need on a busy night. Some processed foods can be part of a healthy eating plan. Not all foods have added sodium, sugars or saturated fat. Making sure you’re stocked up on canned goods and broths can help! With lots of reduced sodium options and no salt added broths available, add flavour to any meal. Start with recipes using some of our our no salt added broths or condensed soups: