Plan purchases as a family and consider each person’s food requirements.
Elderly parent? Picky toddler? Newly declared vegetarian teen? Food allergy? When shopping for family members with different health needs or preferences, it helps to plan ahead. • Plan menus and grocery lists together. Include food options that everyone can enjoy. Look at cookbooks,magazines or websites for meal ideas that meet your needs. • Take into account each person’s energy needs and appetite. Children have smaller stomachs than adults and their appetite is also smaller. Choose smaller formats, such as nutritious and delicious drinkable yogurts made for children. • Try a “do-it-yourself” meal, such as fajitas, tacos,sandwiches or salads. Just put all the healthy ingredients on the table and let everyone assemble their favourite combo. • At the grocery store, read food labels carefully to look for ingredients you need to avoid. • When checking food labels, look at the % Daily Value on the Nutrition Facts table. Choose foods with more of the nutrients you want and less of the nutrients you don’t. • Check if your grocery store offers tours led by a Registered Dietitian. Bonus item! Ask each member of your family to give you a list of their favourite healthy foods. It will be easier for you(…)Read more