6 quick tips for a healthier diet
According to Statistics Canada, the food inflation rate rose 8.7% in the last year. Skyrocketing food costs make it tough to shop for groceries and budget healthy food into our diets.
Calgary Foothills PCN dietitians can teach you how to stretch your meals – from spending less on nutritious food to getting creative with leftovers. Try their money-saving tips to plan nutritious meals and snacks without breaking the bank.
Buying only what is on your grocery list will help you cut down on impulse buys. Consider eating before you hit the supermarket – that will decrease the urge to impulse buy or order groceries online to minimize throwing extras into your cart. Review what you’ve got in the fridge, freezer or pantry to help plan meals and make sure you’re not doubling up on ingredients when you hit the store.
Check store flyers and compare prices to stretch your dollars and consider buying generic or store brands.
Bigger is better – buying in bulk often comes with cost-savings. You can even split up bulk items with a family member or friend. Portion out meats and then freeze for later meals or batch cook dishes and throw in the freezer dishes for easy mid-week meals.
Produce is less expensive when they’re in season, while frozen and canned fruits and vegetables can limit food spoilage and waste. If it’s an option, plant a garden or join a community one to grow your own favourites.
Aim to have one plant-based meal a week, if you’re able to.
There are a number of options for Calgarians looking to buy groceries, from price-matching apps to stores that sell at a discount. Here are some of our favourites:
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Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about your diet and how to fit more nutrition into your life.
If you need help setting personal nutrition goals, learn how to book a one-on-one appointment – or attend a group workshop – with a PCN registered dietitian.