Enjoy shopping for a healthy meal

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Making healthy food choices when shopping and eating out is key to a well-balanced diet.

Eating well means consuming a variety of nutrient-rich foods and beverages within the calorie limit that our body needs.

Healthy decisions start at home, and planning ahead can improve our health while saving us time and money. To make healthier shopping choices, it is important to know what is for sale in our stores and to pay attention to nutritional labels.

Nutritional information on the label enables us to compare foods before we buy. We need to choose foods with low levels of saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and salt. Instead, we need to make sure that we purchase products that are high in fibre, vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron.

Shopping for a healthy diet can also be an enjoyable and social activity, and an opportunity to share experiences with others. For example, older people who may be frail and have difficulty carrying heavy shopping bags can ask local volunteers to help them shop for healthy foods.

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