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Healthy Eating at Home

  • Follow Canada’s food guide recommendations to help you and your family develop healthy eating habits and to guide food choices.
  • Discover Canada’s food guide, additional resources recipes and more at www.Canada.ca/FoodGuide.

Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. It is also about where, when, why, and how you eat.

Be mindful of your eating habits

  • Take time to eat.
  • Notice when you are hungry and when you are full.

Cook more often

  • Plan what you eat.
  • Involve others in planning and preparing meals.

Enjoy your food

  • Culture and food traditions can be part of healthy eating.

Eat meals with others

Make it a habit to eat a variety of healthy foods each day.

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often.

  • Choose foods with healthy fats instead of saturated fats.

Limit highly processed foods. If you choose these foods, eat them less often and in small amounts.

  • Prepare meals and snacks using ingredients that have little to no added sodium, sugars or saturated fat.
  • Choose healthier menu options when eating out.

Make water your drink of choice.

  • Replace sugary drinks with water.

Use food labels.

Be aware that food marketing can influence your choices.

Use the proportions of Canada’s food guide Eat Well Plate as a guide to help you balance your plate, bowl, lunch box etc. at meals and snacks.

  • Make half of your plate vegetables and fruit.
  • Choose whole grain foods such as quinoa, barley, brown rice, pasta, bread etc.
  • Include protein foods such as lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, tofu and dairy products.
  • Enjoy water as your beverage of choice.

Reference:

Health Canada (online), 2019

 

 

 

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