Canada’s Food Guide encourages Canadians to ‘eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. According to Health Canada, these ‘nutritious foods are the foundation for healthy eating’. Healthy eating means choosing nutritious whole foods most of the time, while discretionary (treat) foods should be occasional.

The food guide plate approach shown below is a simple way to achieve flavour, satisfaction and nutrition in a meal.

Using this visual approach, building balanced, healthy meals includes:

  1. Vegetables and/or fruit on ½ of the plate
  2. Whole grain foods on ¼ of the plate
  3. Protein foods on ¼ of the plate

A healthy eating pattern includes protein foods such pork, beef, lamb and veal.

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