Canada’s New Food Guide Tips – Meal Planning

Health Canada has also come out with some tips on how the make the new Food Guide a bit easier to implement into your life. 

Making healthy meals is easier than you think. It’s all about being prepared.

There are 4 easy steps to meal planning

  1. Decide what to eat

Write down your meal and snack ideas

Get recipe ideas from:

  • web sites i.e. Pinterest
  • cookbooks
  • magazines
  • friends and family – there are some great family recipes out there. Have a recipe swap party
  • Scan grocery flyers for healthy foods on sale
  • Check your fridge, freezer and cupboards for foods you have
  • Look to see what foods need to be used up before they go to waste – your freezer is your best friend


  1. Make your grocery list

Write down the foods you need for your meal plan:

  • Keep a grocery list handy and write down items as you run out of them – magnet notepads stuck to your fridge
  • Organize your grocery list by headings that match the sections of the store


  1. Go Shopping
  • Buy the foods only on your grocery list to
    • reduce food waste
    • save money and time
    • cut down on impulse buys
  • Use your list to navigate the aisles


  1. Start Cooking

Stick to your plan:

  • Post your meal plan where everyone can see it – no more what’s for dinner questions
  • Give everyone a job to help with the meal plan


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