Welcome to March! It’s Nutrition Month, brought to you by the Dietitians of Canada, of which I am proud to be a member.
Did you know that:
- Two thirds (63 per cent) of Canadians struggle with making healthier food choices in the grocery store at least half the time they shop
- While many Canadians write grocery lists (67 per cent), fewer plan meals (37 per cent)
- Half (52 per cent) of Canadians always or very often read the nutrition label on a food before purchasing
This kind of information, (gathered from a 2012 Ipsos Reid Poll commissioned by Dietitians of Canada,) led to this year’s slogan – Best Food Forward: Plan Shop Cook Enjoy!
The key take-away is that healthy eating begins in the grocery store, so throughout the month, I’ll try and share practical advice to help make shopping for healthy food for you and your family a little easier.
Most of us purchase much of the food our family consumes from the grocery store. Busy lives and limited budgets sometimes mean our carts are not always filled with the best choices.
Research and common sense tells us that what is easily accessible is more frequently eaten. This is especially true with large quantities and packages of food such as snack food that requires little preparation.
Having healthier choices that are available, accessible and visible (e.g. fruit on the counter) can potentially increase the uptake and intake for everyone in the home.
I’ll kick us off today with a tip that I’ve talked about before – PLAN AHEAD.
Try to take these four steps BEFORE you head to the grocery store:
- THINK about what meals you’ll be making
- SCAN the flyers for specials
- CHECK your kitchen’s inventory
- MAKE a list
For more tips and tools on planning your trip to the grocery store, check out one of my previous blog posts Tackling the trip to the grocery store.
At Kids Eat Smart Foundation, we believe that Good Eating = Good Thinking, but you can also flip it around when heading to the grocery store – good thinking can help equal good eating too!
Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.