In an effort to better understand the grocery shopping needs of Canadians, Dietitians of Canada conducted an Ipsos Reid poll in the spring of 2012. More than 2000 adults across Canada were surveyed online about their grocery shopping habits.
One of the most salient points that highlights the need for a Nutrition Month campaign that helps Canadians shop for food is:
A shocking two thirds (63%) of Canadians struggle with making healthier food choices in the grocery store at least half the time they shop; more than one third struggle at least 75% of the time.
So to help you along, here are three great tips to consider when shopping at your local grocer:
1) Chill out in the cooler section:
There’s tons of selection in the dairy case too, especially when it comes to yogurt. For a protein-packed and low sugar option, go Greek-style. When it goes to eggs,
pick up a carton of whole or egg whites for a boost of lutein, an antioxidant important for eye health, and cancer-fighting vitamin D and we can’t forget about the powerhouse of the cooler section, milk. Whether skim, 1% or 2% this nutrient-dense drink builds bones, provides energy and is a family’s best friend.
2) “Meat” your mate:
Maximize your options in the meat market and reduce your grocery bill! Pick-up a
club pack of chicken, pork or ground beef to cook ‘n’ share. Prepare big batches
on weekends to swap with friends. Making large batches of soups, stews, lasagna, or hearty chili saves time and money and spices up your regular meal repertoire!
3) High five in the frozen section:
Most frozen vegetables and fruit are flash frozen at their peak and contain no added sugar. Frozen is just as nutritious as fresh!
Vegetables: Along with peas and corn, try frozen leafy greens such as spinach, kale or mixed Asian vegetables.
Fruit: Frozen peaches, mangos and berries make quick smoothies for tasty, healthy breakfasts and snacks on the go.
Fish: Keeping plain, unbreaded fish fillets such as salmon, trout or Arctic char in the freezer makes it easy to enjoy fish at least twice a week.
From March 1 – 31, visit www.dietitians.ca or download the free eaTipster iPhone or iPad app from www.eatipster.com and savour a new grocery shopping tip each day.