The revamped Canada’s Food Guide not only wants Canadians to change up the way they look at nutrition, but also wants us to spend more time with family and friends around the dinner table.
Our food preferences and eating habits have evolved and so has the latest version of Canada’s Food Guide. While still focusing on establishing healthy nutritional habits, the revamped food guide also puts emphasis on how we eat.
Eating together is not only a great way to instill new habits and achieve our nutrition goals, it also allows you to find your passion for cooking, nutrition, and sustainability as a family. To make the most of mealtime, it is also recommended that we put away our devices and enjoy quality time with our loved ones.
This is also a great opportunity to cook together as a family. Getting the kids involved in the kitchen is a great way to teach good nutritional habits that will last them a lifetime. When working to establish new habits, try to set SMART goals to help your family remain accountable and have fun tracking your progress along the way.
Setting goals to incorporate the revamped Canada’s Food Guide recommendations to your mealtimes can be as easy as setting aside one day a week to meal-prep for the week ahead, planning a weekly dinner with friends or extended family, making the commitment to go meatless on Mondays or introducing new recipes to your repertoire.
New recipes are a great way to change up mealtime and try new foods. Canada’s Food Guide stresses the importance of the healthy plate which is a very simply way to think about balance and portion size. The healthy plate model is half vegetables, and the rest of the plate is balanced out with whole grains and protein-rich foods. When it comes to serving healthy proteins, try new, sustainable alternatives. Make an effort to swap out ground meats in recipes for black beans and crumbled tofu on taco night or chickpeas and lentils in chili or shepherd’s pie.
Loblaw has a great tool available on their website as part of its Raise a Food Lover initiative to help you and your family get cooking together and keep track of your goals. Check it out at www.yourindependentgrocer.ca/CSRchallenges.
If you find yourself needing additional assistance reaching your nutrition goals, registered dietitians here to help you to identify long term and sustainable lifestyle changes to ensure sustained success. To book an appointment, stop by in-store or go to www.loblaws.ca/dietitians. Whitney is available to answer all of your nutrition questions!
One-Pan Zucchini Noodle and White Bean Puttanesca
• Serves: 4
• Ready In: 20 Minutes
• Skill Level: Easy
• Cuisine: Vegetarian
Puttanesca – a bold Italian pasta dish made with tomatoes, olives and capers – is known for being incredibly simple to make, but we’ve taken it one step further by creating a one-pan version. Even better: We’ve swapped out the pasta for zucchini noodles, so you can squeeze extra veggies onto your plate.
• 2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil
• 1 cup (250 mL) PC Cherry Tomatoes
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
• 1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
• Pinch (0.5 mL) hot pepper flakes
• 1 can (540 mL) PC Blue Menu White Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
• 1/4 cup (50 mL) PC Whole Kalamata Olives, drained, pitted and sliced
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) capers, drained and rinsed
• 1 pkg (340 g) PC Zucchini Veggie Noodles
• 1/4 cup (50 mL) torn fresh basil
1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add garlic, salt, black pepper and hot pepper flakes; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add beans; cook, stirring often, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in olives and capers. Transfer to large bowl. Set aside.
3. Heat remaining 1 tbsp oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add veggie noodles; cook, tossing and stirring often, until tender-crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomato mixture; cook, stirring to coat, until heated through, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with basil.
Whitney Hussain is a registered dietitian with the Your Independent Grocers in Surrey, Langley and Coquitlam. She is part of a network of more than 70 dietitians who provide services like one-on-one consultations, assisted shopping, school tours and recipe ideas at locations across the country. For more information, please visit www.loblaws.ca/dietitians