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If you’re preparing food on your own for the first time, here are some tips to help you make healthy and inexpensive choices. Here’s your chance to have fun with food.
Have a plan! Create a weekly meal plan based on Canada’s Food Guide. Start with a couple of meals a week and add more as you get more comfortable with meal planning. Make a list of the foods you need and stick to it when grocery shopping. Get your roommates involved so that everybody has healthy foods that they will enjoy eating during the week.
Shop Smart! Spend most of your time in the produce, bread, milk and meat sections of the store. In the middle aisles choose inexpensive canned beans, lentils, whole wheat pasta and canned tomatoes and sauces. It’s fine to pick up a bag of chips or candy once in awhile, but make this a small part of your shopping trip.
Read food labels to help you make wise choices. Use the Nutrition Facts table on food labels to choose nutritious products with less fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and sodium. The % Daily Value tells you if the food has a little or a lot of a particular nutrient. 5% DV or less is a little; 15% DV or more is a lot.
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