Ah yes. Back to school for the kids. Back to the regular schedule for parents.
(And for non-parents, such as myself, back to – wait – nothing changed for me over the summer…so…back to….the same thing I’ve been doing all along.)
I get it though. Meal prep can be stressful. I can barely make lunch for myself. Having to make it for kids?! Or at least have the right ingredients on hand for THEM to make it? I shudder at the thought.
But I do love food. I do.
All of its great deliciousness. So many flavours. So many possibilities.
Yes. Bread too.
And part of me actually likes going grocery shopping.
Maybe not as much as JT, but I do like it.
But, like many, I find it challenging knowing what to choose. (I mean, I know that I could skip the chip and chocolate bar aisles entirely and be none the worse for it – pretty sure nobody ever died from NOT eating chips…but….)
…beyond the obvious junk food avoidance, how do we make better choices?
Enter Margaret Hughes – super awesome registered dietitian at Loblaws! Here Margaret helps us read some labels and points us in the right direction for making healthier food choices.
Some takeaways from the video:
check serving size
more than 4 grams of fibre
at least 3 g of protein
less than 8g of sugar
buy plain steel cut oats/rolled oats
add your own fruit
add 1 tsp honey for sweetness
use same criteria as for granola bars (4g/3g/8g)
add nuts/almonds for extra protein
add ground flax/chia seeds for fibre
dairy vs dairy alternative – not all equal
almond milk – only about 1g of protein
cow’s milk – 7g protein
soy milk – 6 to 7g protein
Big thanks to Margaret for her expert advice!
If you’re thinking ‘I could totally use some help with my grocery shopping‘ that’s definitely do-able. And FREE! (How awesome is that?!) Contact your nearest Loblaws to find out more!
*and no, Loblaws did not pay us to do this!