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Living in residence and having a meal plan can mean you have a lot of food options – and not all of them healthy. Consider this an opportunity to try new foods that you are not used to eating at home. Follow these guidelines to make the most of your choices.
This is the food group to focus on. Fill your plate and snack often on vegetables and fruit. Be sure to choose some that are dark green and orange everyday. Foods these colours are the most vitamin and antioxidant rich. Some things to try:
Make at least half your grain products each day whole grain. This means that the three nutrient and fibre rich layers of the grain have been left intact. Whole grain is different than whole wheat so make sure to grab the healthier choice of whole grain! To find whole grain products, look for the words, “100% whole grain” on the package. Some things to try:
Select lower fat milk and milk alternatives. These foods contain nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, which are important when your bones are still growing during your late teens and twenties. Some things to try:
Even if you’re not a vegetarian, try eating beans, lentils and tofu more often. These are all excellent and inexpensive sources of protein.
To get your heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, challenge yourself to eat at least two servings of fish, such as salmon or canned tuna, every week. Nuts and seeds are also good choices. Avoid deep fried foods and high sodium deli meats. Some things to try:
There is a lot of misinformation on nutrition out there and it can be hard to know what to believe. EatRight Ontario can help answer your questions for free. Call 1-877-510-510-2 or send an email with your nutrition question.
Dietitians of Canada – a number of interactive tools are available, such as:
Health Canada: Check out the new interactive Canada’s Food Guide to help you figure out how many servings of each food group you need and what is a “real” serving size.
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