Food glorious food: one day the media promotes the benefits of pomegranate, the next month they go gaga over exotic goji berries then on to accolades of acai berries. Reading and trying to follow these fads packs a punch on your pocketbook and creates confusion for many consumers. What food IS the greatest one of all? What’s the deal with these super foods? What about the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” does that still hold true?
Eating from all groups of the Food Guide is Super
People in many corners of the globe have super food in their midst. They don’t need to look for food from the other side of the globe to find it. They are in your own backyard in the neighborhood you live. There are many foods in your grocery store that can be considered nutritional powerhouses. It can start simply with dialing back to your Canada’s Food Guide, and the food groups to find perspective. This is the basis for any healthy diet, but is often overlooked by media because the message is so basic yet so profound.
When Health Canada conducted the Canadian Community Health Survey in 2004 they found many Canadians, children included don’t eat enough dairy products and fruits and vegetables. That means a high percentage of Canadians aren’t getting what they need from 2 of the 4 food groups. Now that’s bad news! These food groups have characteristic nutritional profiles vital to our health and wellness, it’s staggering. If you are lacking in these groups and try to fill the gap with the most super of all super foods – you will still fall short in your overall nutritional needs if you are not eating what you need from all 4 food groups. One super duper food won’t be a quick fix to better your nutrient needs, that’s for sure.
Everyday Super-food Practices
In general the less processed food you consume the better when making balanced choices from the 4 food groups. To shine the spotlight on only a few wouldn’t be fair but for the sake of this article let’s do it.
When you meander through the grocery store there are aisles and aisles of food, it can really psych you out if you don’t have your wits about you. Getting back to basics with various practices in your own home can help you eat super every day and meet your nutritional requirements! For example:
1) Serve milk at every meal. This practice alone will ensure all members of your family meet the life supporting nutrients from this often missed out food group.
2) Have fruit at every meal plus make fruit the go-to food as the first line of snack defense when hungry in your day.
3) Serve 2 veggies every dinnertime.
4) Make you core food choices from the fab-4 food groups from Canada’s Food Guide.
Eating well can be as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4! These 4 basic practices will provide a world of good for you and your family as a basis for your super-eating plan. With our without super food in your diet, these 4 practices are profoundly important!