Monday, March 7, 2016

Focus On The Facts

A trip to the grocery store can actually be a fun way to get kids to understand the importance of eating well and what "serving size" really means. (Uh, not the entire jar of Nutella in one sitting, for example.)

Teaching children good eating habits from a young age is necessary, and Focus on the Facts makes it easy for parents to do that. This tool is designed to increase awareness, use, and understanding of the Nutrition Facts table and help people make informed food choices for their families.



The campaign encourages Canadians to "Focus on the Facts", by starting with the Serving Size and then using the % DV (Percent Daily Value) to choose the nutrients you want a lot—or a little—of. This way, you can consume the foods that have more of the nutrients you want to consume, like fibre and calcium, an less of those you don't want—like saturated and trans fats and sodium. (Basically, 5% DV or less is a little, and 15% DV or more is a lot.) It's an easy way to be aware of what you're consuming and it's a great way to make sure you're eating healthy.

I'm giving away a $100 grocery gift card (to either Loblaws, Metro, Sobey's, Cosco, or Walmart) so the next time you're grocery shopping for your family, you'll be inspired to make better food choices. 

Just leave me a comment below telling me something you're doing to keep your family healthy.

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. Winner will be selected randomly by March 14th, 2016.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The opinions and views on this blog post are completely my own. 

61 comments:

ivy pluchinsky said...

I am cooking healthy meals, and trying to not buy any junk food so that we are not tempted! Also I buy lots of lemons for lemon water! Lemon water is supposed to be good for you!

Amy Heffernan said...

My husband and I started walking an hour very single day and we cut out pop!!
Thanks
Email--> amyjaneheffernan@gmail.com

Joni W said...

I keep making smoothies. I think only I end up drinking it. and fruit. we always have fruit in our house.

Judy C said...

We have cut out pop, are drinking more water and trying to increase the amount of fruits/vegetables we eat each day. (jlcmrc@gmail.com)

Anonymous said...

Walking more and turning off the TV, the iPad, and the cell phones. Be in the moment not on your phone :(

Kim said...

I make at least 2 veggies per meal. I also only make meat 2-3x a week. I am alsom making my own skincream and deodorant. I had a real wake up last year with breast cancer. I also just found our today a study shows people are not sensative to glutens and sugars so on it is the pestacides that are equal to round up on our food. YAY.

Debbie S. said...

I am trying to keep my family healthy by making wiser food choices at the grocery store. More fruit and vegetables, less, way less junk food. Yes the cost of fresh vegetables and fruit are higher, so I compensate this by not buying the chocolate bars and chips, it's a healthy choice for my family!

Debbie S. said...

I am trying to keep my family healthy by making wiser food choices at the grocery store. More fruit and vegetables, less, way less junk food. Yes the cost of fresh vegetables and fruit are higher, so I compensate this by not buying the chocolate bars and chips, it's a healthy choice for my family!

Diana Corlett said...

I make an effort to eat only whole foods, cutting processed foods out of my diet completely.

maryanne said...

We are trying to pre make meals so that we aren't tempted to order in on those busy nights!

lisa neutel said...

i hve stopped buying as much junkfood (chips,cookies ect) instead buying healthier snack options like fruits and veggies we also try to get outside on weekends and be more active ,sunday family hikes are our fave way to get active

FREDERIC BROWN said...

I am trying to keep my family healthy by making wiser food selections, I always start shopping in the produce section first and think of healthy meals I can prepare with what produce is on special that week.

LILLIAN BROWN said...

I am trying to eat healthier but spending less. I check out the weekly fliers and buy the healthy produce that is on sale, with recipes we like that include these items.

Glogirl said...

To keep my family healthy we try to get lots of fruits and veggies into our diet. For example, for our supper meal we incorporate two veggies: one raw and one cooked.

Elena said...

I'm trying to cut back on sugar for all of us.

Amber said...

I've been cooking at home more to try to keep my family healthy. We've also started taking vitamins, but i'm torn on weather this is a good choice for us or not.

Bree said...

We eat lots of fruits and veggies and I make healthy dinners instead of processed junk

Elizabeth Rogers said...

We do read the nutrition labels aiming for less fat, more whole grains and fibre.

Sarah Perry said...

I'm working hard at planning and making healthier meals and snacks for my family.

Flo said...

We are eating healthy and getting outside more for walks.
Florence C

Pamela said...

I am trying to find new ways to incorporate vegetables into our meals.

jemrah said...

I am buying more fruit, and trying new fruit we don't usually eat, like mango and kiwi

Chrissy Da Silva said...

Fresh organic ingredients, fruits and veggies, raw sugar and unprocessed foods.. Also we spend 3 days a week outdoors doing something.. Walking jogging, playing etc

Anonymous said...

I am adding more veggies to our meal.

Julie D said...

Oh wonderful! To keep my family healthy we bring water wherever we go. So important for staying hydrated and keeping our energy up!

Melinda Jana said...

we are working hard on staying active by walking the dog together and hiking on trails on weekends

cherry251 said...

i try to eat lots of vegetables and drink alot of water

lushka said...

I love to cook and grocery shop and trying out new recipes is a hobby of mine including healthy meals.

I consider it a challenge to come up with healthy meals at a low cost.

Thanks for the chance.

lushka204@gmail.com

Krista M said...

As a family we love our snacks for movie & Netflix nights. It's not realistic for us to give up snacking, but have been making major substitutions in our snack choices. We love crunchy things like potato chips so have been experimenting with homemade healthy snacks like pita chips with hummus, roasted chick peas, roasted cauliflower with yogurt dip, popcorn with no butter, etc.

Deborah Coombs said...

I'm making an effort to cut out processed foods and cook more meals at home. I can't wait until I can start feeding us from our own garden again.

Angela M said...

We have been cutting out food with artificial flavours, colours, and preservatives. We have also cut out all food with glucose or fructose.

Jenny Major said...

Buying lots of fruits and veggies

Wendy Hutton said...

for the past 2 month my son and I have started on a long journey of weight loss by reducing what we eat and the type of foods we are eating. We are eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, reduced the amount of carbs and breads and so far I have lost 25 lbs and he has lost 22 lbs

Amy Lovell said...

we are drinking more water, and getting more physical activity. We are also eating smaller portions and more fruits and veggies!

Rebby said...

We've stopped drinking pop and sodas and are now drinking lemon water, or sparkling water with fruit in it! Makes a big difference not having all that extra sugar and liquid calories in your diet!

rebthecatsitter at gmail dot com

pamalot said...

I am trying to menu plan and include more veggies/salad each day instead of resorting to takeout.

Maritess Schrauwen said...

I always keep a bowl of fruits on the counter and sliced veggies in the fridge so it is easy and accessible for my kids to grab and eat healthy food.

Darrah said...

I try to eat healthier and use portion sizes so I know my kids and family is getting the right amount.. We also LOVE to try NEW healthy dishes once a week!

michelle tremblett said...

I've started a little walking club with my kids and neighbours kids, every night after dinner we walk around the block a couple times, we actually have a lot of fun together :)

Annie1 said...

We are taking many walks at the beach, eating well, drinking lots of water, sleep and laughing as often as possible!

Chris Stockford said...

We have cut out pop, are drinking more water

Brenda Penton said...

I try to incorporate fruits and vegetables into all meals, even desserts.

Tammy D said...

we are eating healthier and exercising! Eating more fresh fruit and veggies

Jonnie (JB) said...

We are eating lots of fresh produce and I'm trying to make sure every pne is getting lots of sleep and exercise.

blogginggal said...

I'm working hard at portion control as well as healthier choices (Suzi)

Cheryl MacPhail said...

I take our kids shopping with me and have them play a role in making healthy choices for their lunches. They know they are bot allowed the junk so they get excited of making the right choices :)

SUMMER PLEWES said...

We are trying to eat less processed foods. We are also creating weekly menus to avoid dinner night rushes where we cave and microwave something.

ginette4 said...

There is always fruit and vegetables in the fridge..if I cut them up they will eat them, I try and make meals that includes vegetables, I cannot complain my family loves vegetables and fruits
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Marie S said...

I joined the gym and watching my portions when I eat

Cassia monteiro ( cassiavdmonteiro@gmail.com) said...

I am making half the serving plate veggies and putting less carbs in the meal !!!

Joseph Dawe said...

I am trying to keep my family healthy by always cooking a good meal every night at home instead of buying take out! Using more colorful food and serving water at all meals.
Thank you
josepharthurdawe@gmail.com

Andrea Amy said...

I limit processed foods, I cook meals from scratch using fresh ingredients, and I always provide/include fresh produce with our meals.
Thanks for the chance.
andrea_hockeygirl@hotmail.com

Bree said...

I cook healthy meals including loads of veggies and we eat very few processed foods!

Karla S said...

We are eating more fruits and veggies,,and less foods with high fat content.

Courtney Fudger said...

I always make sure that veggies are a large part of every meal! I love making turkey meatloaf and I sneak tons of veggies in!

Zoeyjane said...

We enjoy a treat every day, in addition to practising healthy food choices. I feel that making it less about 'bad foods' and more about them accompanying other 'good' foods in moderation is the best plan for our family. Now if I wouls just practice what I preach ...

Stacey M said...

Veggies and berries are my staple at the grocery store! I steam my veggies or prep them raw for a quick "on the go" snack; and I have berries every morning with my greek yogurt, mixed in with All Bran Buds and honey.

nancy2880 said...

Home cooking with fresh ingredients especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Also vitamin pills.

@fleur_de_lotus said...

I pre clean and pre cut fruits and veggies si they're ready and easy to grab as snacks

Valerie Mallette said...

I'm keeping my family healthy by making homemade meals from scratch with fresh produce and non processed meats. I also keep a lot of fruits and veggies on hand for us to snack on.

Robyn Bellefleur said...

I cook homemade meals for my family as much as possible and we take multi vitamins as well.

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