We mentioned earlier that grocery prices are going up, and those of us who are climate conscious or sensitive to the treatment of animals may already be seeking to cut down on our meat intake. So, in this post, we’re going to look at making healthy choices when we’re shopping.
The first and most important step is to establish a balanced diet. If you have not done so already, check out the 2019 update of Canada’s Food Guide for advice to help you make healthy choices. Here are a few key observations:
- It’s important to note not only what is on the plate, but also what is not on the plate–things like chips, soda, and sweets are nice occasional treats but will not help your waistline or pocketbook!
- For those looking to reduce meat, take a look at lentils, chickpeas, and quinoa. These are all cost effective and protein rich alternatives to meat.
- If you are concerned about your sugar intake, or your kids’ sugar levels, oatmeal is a filling and healthy breakfast option that can be much more affordable than boxed cereals.
- Fruit juices and milk (especially chocolate milk) are also full of sugar. A great alternative to soda is carbonated water, which contains no sugar.
- Cheese is high in fat and sodium and can contribute to high blood pressure and digestive issues. Consider it a special treat rather than snack! Cottage cheese or hummus (with crackers) are good alternatives.
CHALLENGE: Try a new meal incorporating lentils, chickpeas, or quinoa in place of meat. Plan on making leftovers too, to help stretch your budget!
Continue to Part Four here!