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Healthy Eating CHEAP AND EASY
Eating healthy foods is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family every day. When you eat well, you feel better. You have more energy. And you lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer.
Many healthy foods like breads, cereals, fruits and vegetables cost less than other foods like chips and pop. So you can eat well without spending a lot of money or a lot of time.
That’s what this booklet is about. It covers the basics of planning meals, shopping and preparing foods. It also lists some places in your community that can help you save time and money on food, and tells you where you can find recipes for healthy meals.
Children NEED HEALTHY FOOD
Children need the right foods to grow and to stay healthy. They also need you to teach them how to eat well.
Eating well means getting enough foods from all four food groups:
- grain products (breads and cereals)
- vegetables and fruit
- milk and milk products like milk,
cheese and yogurt, and
- meats and alternatives like chicken,fish, nuts, beans and peanut butter.
You can help your children eat well by:
- setting a good example
- eating healthy foods more often
- offering meals and snacks at regular times, and
- giving your kids a variety of foods at meals and snacks.
Healthy eating doesn’t mean forcing kids to eat things they don't like, or making them eat everything on their plate. The important thing is to feed them well, and help them learn about healthy choices, so they can do the same thing for their kids.
One of the best ways to make sure you eat well is to plan your meals ahead of time. Planning ahead can help you:
- get enough of all four food groups
- add variety, so you’re not eating the same things day after day
- save money by buying only what you need
- use up foods that you already have on hand, and
- save time by shopping less often.
Planning is also a good way to get your kids involved in learning about healthy foods and making the right choices. Plus, they’re more likely to enjoy eating foods they pick out themselves.
...get your kids involved in learning about healthy foods, making the right choices and helping with food preparation safely.