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This January, the new Canada’s Food Guide was a popular topic.
The guide presents a flexible and accessible approach based on healthy foods that can be easily adapted to one’s budget, culture, lifestyle and tastes.
Embrace the new guide
Canada’s Food Guide encourages us to be mindful of our eating habits. Through advice such as "Take time to eat" and "Cook more often", the guide also inspires us to (re)discover the joy of sharing a meal with others.
The guide emphasizes eating a variety of healthy foods on a daily basis. Vegetables, fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods should be eaten in the following ratio: a quarter of the plate for protein foods, another quarter for whole grain foods and the remaining half for vegetables and fruits.
The guide also recommends eating plant-based protein foods more often, such as beans, peas and lentils and soy-based products (tofu, tempeh).
Whether fresh, frozen, dried or canned, choose foods that are suitable for your budget.
You should also choose foods with little to no added sodium, sugars or saturated fat. To do this, read food labels when shopping and limit your consumption of highly processed foods. Also be aware of food marketing, which can influence your purchases.
Finally, remember that water should be our go-to drink for all meals.
Enjoy yourself all year long
To make integrating these good practices easier on a daily basis, let’s adapt them to the different seasons!
Choosing healthy foods is also choosing to adopt healthy eating habits. Treat your taste buds while taking care of your health by integrating the recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide into your lifestyle.