Making healthy food choices isn’t always easy. Often we give into the temptation of sweets and the convenience of highly processed foods. But the key is to continually strive to make better decisions each day and teach our children to understand nutrition facts and enable them to eat healthier.
Last year we wrote about the Focus on the Facts campaign and we’re thrilled to continue to spread the message of teaching kids early about nutrition.
The Nutrition Facts Education Campaign (NFEC) is a joint effort between the Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), Health Canada, Retail Council of Canada (RCC), and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG).
The NFEC aims to raise Canadians awareness, use and understanding of the Serving Size and Percent Daily Value (% DV), on the Nutrition Facts Table (NFt) so that we can all make informed food choices for our families.
Learning at the Vancouver Home & Design Show
Last weekend, I took our girls to visit the NFEC event at the Vancouver Home & Design Show.
The girls had a great time and learned more about nutrition. One of the ladies at the booth, went through an explanation of how the Nutrition Facts table (NFt) works and they played a “Nutrition FACT-O” game.
I think continually educating families on healthy eating choices is so important. The booth was fun and informative and I hope lots of the families visiting the Home & Design Show took time to stop and learn.
It helps to find ways to make learning about nutrition fun.
Also, discussions about nutrition are not one-time conversations. You want to continually talk about the ingredients in your and their nutritional value.
Having the Nutrition Facts table (NFt) right on the box of foods makes it easy to talk to your kids about the food you’re eating.
Another great way to get the conversation about healthy food choices started is to have your kids help you prepare dinner. Wash and chop vegetables to make easy recipes such as Oven Roasted Potatoes and Peppers Recipe and add a variety of vegetables into the mix on different nights. We love oven roasting vegetables because it is such an easy way to cook several vegetables at once.
You can also get your kids involved in making healthy breakfast smoothies and create different recipes together by selecting various fruits and vegetables to add to the smoothie. It’s a great idea to toss in a little avocado to smoothies to make them extra healthy.
Talking to your kids when they are young about ways to add healthy food to their routine will help your entire family create a healthier lifestyle.
Learn more about how to use the NFt at Canada.ca/NutritionFacts.
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Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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