Getting the most out of Balanced Meals

I attended the PGI Children’s Literacy Festival 2013 at the College of the North Atlantic yesterday and met with some 600 school aged kids throughout the day! Some of the schools in attendance included: Hazelwood elementary, Virginia park elementary, St. Andrew’s Elementary, and Bishop Abraham.  Although the kids were young in age between 7-9, I was excited to hear how much they already knew about eating healthy and Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide

I chatted with the kids about the importance of balanced meals and snacks throughout the day as well as went over the Food Guide. Then as a group we worked together to come up with a balanced meal for breakfast and lunch. Did you know that if we include fruits and vegetables with each and every snack and meal it’s a little easier to attain those recommended servings from the Food Guide?

It’s important to have balanced meals throughout the day to ensure we are eating a variety of foods and getting the required nutrients we need. Balanced meals should include foods from all four food groups: Fruits and Vegetables, Grains, Milk and Alternatives, and Meat an Alternatives. Balanced snacks should include foods from at least two of the four Food Groups. Please refer to Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide for your recommended servings per day for your specific age group – you might be surprised to see if you’re meeting the recommendation servings or not.

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

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