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This page was reviewed or revised on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 8:46 AM

Having the knowledge and skills to buy and prepare healthy food is essential to a healthy lifestyle. If you want to improve your knowledge and skills in the areas of shopping and cooking, here are some resources you may want to check out.

Shopping

Grocery shopping can be an overwhelming experience with today's supermarkets carrying upwards of 50,000 items! EatRight Ontario provides tips that will help you balance taste, price, nutrition, food safety and convenience. 

Young girl cutting apple into slices at kitchen counter

Dietitians of Canada has 12 short videos to help you plan, shop and cook healthy foods for your family.

Reading Food Labels

Do you need a little extra help understanding nutrition facts labels? You're not alone!  Learn to make healthier food choices by using nutrition labelling information.

Health Canada's website walks you through:

  • The Nutrition Facts Table
  • Ingredient List and
  • Nutrition Claims

For more information about reading food labels and making healthy choices in the grocery store, sign up for one of our free Supermarket Tours.

Meal Planning

If you are struggling to manage a busy lifestyle and eat right at the same time, menu planning may be the answer you need. Menu planning helps you eat healthy, save money and get tasty meals to the table faster.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Post an ongoing grocery list where it's easy to see.
  • Ask for meal ideas and share the work among everyone in the family.
  • List your favourite seasonal meal ideas.
  • Find out what's on hand and what's on special.
  • Start planning!
  • Save time by making use of planned-overs; slow cookers and unconventional meals like breakfast for dinner or soup and sandwiches.

EatRight Ontario has tips to help increase the number of meals your family has together. While there, take a look at their on-line menu planning tool.

Egg Farmers of Ontario offers Meal Planning Made Easy.

Dietitians of Canada eaTracker can help to plan your meals, analyze your recipes, track your activity and meet your goals. 

Cooking

Are you interested in cooking with in-season produce? Check out Foodland Ontario for food facts on seasonal produce, new recipe ideas, "kid's corner" recipes, availability, and so much more!

The following resources on freezing vegetables and fruit will help to extend your local growing season:

Freezing Vegetables [PDF]

Freezing Fruit [PDF]

Turn leftovers into planned overs with Dietitians of Canada's time saving techniques.

EatRight Ontario has videos on general healthy eating; kitchen tips and food handling as well as how to read food labels.

My Recipes has information on how to measure foods as well as great tips for preparing fresh produce.

Start Cooking has many basic kitchen videos as well as video demonstrations for recipes.

Healthy Eating on a Budget

If you are trying to save money and still eat well, there are many ways to enjoy the benefits of healthy foods while sticking to a budget.

Our Eat Well for Less booklet will help you get started eating well while spending less money.

Food Choices When Money is Tight from Eatright Ontario is a package of budget friendly information sheets and recipes.

The Doing More with Less fact sheet from Food Banks Canada has information on eating well on a budget.