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My top two New Year’s resolutions: to eat healthier food and to spend less money. So why not kill two birds with one stone, and pack a lunch for work more often? Just whip up a large batch of this recipe on your own time over the weekend, divide it into individual serving sizes, and pop them in the freezer. Then grab a home-cooked, ready-made meal on your way out the door in the morning. It’s easy, delicious and thrifty! This homemade prosciutto and ricotta fazzolletti (stuffed Italian pasta) with creamy Greek yogurt rosé sauce is an excellent (and delicious!) kick-off to keeping your New Year’s resolutions without disappointing your inner gourmet.

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One healthy ingredient doesn’t necessarily make a food a healthy choice. For example, cheesy popcorn starts off with a healthy ingredient: whole grain popcorn. But the final product has almost as much fat and more sodium than potato chips.42 When shopping, read food labels and consider a food’s overall nutrient content. Look for the nutrients it does have, not just nutrients it doesn’t have. For example, just because a food is free of fat, sugar or salt, that doesn’t automatically make it healthy. In fact, some foods that are low in fat and salt, such as candy and pop, can be high in sugar and calories and low in nutrients. Choose foods that have more of the nutrients you want, such as fibre, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Don’t judge a food by one ingredient alone!For example, choose for snack a yogurt that is low in fat but also high in protein, such as Greek-style yogurt.   Bonus item! Look for a Percentage of Daily Value (% DV) higher than 15% for a good amount of vitamins and minerals.   This article is based on an article published by Dietitians of Canada. To learn more, visit the Dietitians of Canada websites(…)

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When you know how to read nutrition labels, shopping for healthier food gets a little easier. The Nutrition Facts table has information on the calories and nutrients in a specific serving size of food. You can check the serving size and compare it to how much food you actually eat. The % Daily Value (%DV) on the Nutrition Facts table shows you if a food has “a little” or “a lot” of a nutrient. For example, 5% DV or less is a little of any nutrient, and 15% DV or more is a lot for any nutrient. You can use the % DV to compare food items and make better choices.A probiotic yogurt containing 15% DV of vitamin D for example indicates that this food contains“a lot” of this vitamin, therefore it can help you meet your daily vitamin D requirements.When you’re shopping, read food labels to compare brands.Look at the ingredients list. Check the Nutrition Facts tables to compare serving sizes, nutrient amounts and % DV. Choose foods that have more vitamins, minerals and fibre, and less fat, sodium and sugar.43 Bonus item!Remember to check the “best before” date when you buy perishable foods and consume them before the(…)

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