Happy Monday everyone!
I just got back from a great trip at my local Loblaws store. I met with their resident Dietitian, Hana Klimczak as I wanted to explore this free service and see what I could learn about choosing better alternatives for my family from snacking to buying prepackaged foods. Because let’s be honest, sometimes there are healthy alternatives and sometimes I too, get tired and want to reach for something that I can heat up and give to the kids, so a grocery store tour was booked.
I loved that I was grocery shopping with someone that understands healthy eating and respects the way we eat. Hana wasn’t about to change how we eat as we do a pretty good job but what does a Dietitian reach for when she wants to feed her family and at times in a rush too? I learned more about reading labels, calculating grams. For example, the kids love kefir. We go through 4 bottles a week but I tend to buy the ones with added vanilla, strawberry flavour which comes with added sugar. By comparison, plain kefir has 8grams of sugar, where my Vanilla kefir has 21grams. That’s about 5 teaspoons of sugar in a bottle of kefir- I never thought of it like that. 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon if you’d like an FYI.
We spoke about fresh food, ready-made food and frozen food- frozen veggies for quick dinners to frozen fruit to add to smoothies. Many frozen foods are fine for you but make sure you read labels to be sure. Hana did show me the “From our Chefs” line which I am excited to try as it’s made fresh. You can heat it up and we picked veggies that can be roasted. Tomorrow for dinner will involve chicken fingers made from scratch and the “From our Chefs Carrots, Rutabaga and Sweet Potato Sticks”. A better alternative to frozen fries! I’m sure you’ll see it on my Instagram.
After-school snacks can be easy, Mann’s organic veggie trays were on sale so I grabbed one and a sweet treat that I picked up came from a brand that Hana knew I would like, Crunchy Cookie Chips. Made with simple ingredients too! A total of 9 ingredients and nothing artificial. I do recommend them. They are yummy too.@LoblawsON is here to help Canadians achieve their health & wellness goals with the support of its instore Dietitians Click To Tweet
Did you know that Loblaws Dietitians can help with menu planning advice, product label understanding, food demonstrations, and in-store cooking classes. Dietitians also work with in-store pharmacists (in select locations) to offer integrated health programs that can help you manage various health conditions. Did I mention that it is free? If you are looking to change your diet, I can’t say enough good things about working with Hana. If you want a customized plan and help to get the right foods for you. You can download their Loblaw Dietitian Client Consent form and start working on a better path to a better diet.
I truly enjoyed my grocery store tour to identify healthier choices and I hope it’s something you’d consider trying as well. I discovered new brands and better alternatives. If you’re stuck in a rut what better way than to get help at your local Loblaw’s and you can even download this meal planner.Learn more about the @LoblawsON dietitian services and find a store location near you, visit http://www.loblaws.ca/dietitians. Click To Tweet