How’s your year going? Have you made any plans to change your diet or want to make your favourite recipes healthier? I recently just did something like that thanks to the team at Loblaws and learned more about their Guiding Stars program.
What is Guiding Stars?
Guiding Stars is a food rating system that rates food based on nutrient density using a scientific algorithm to assign a 0, 1, 2 or 3-star rating (3 Stars is the highest rating a product can receive). The program rates foods based on vitamins, minerals, fibre, whole grains, Omega-3s, saturated fat, trans fat, added sodium and added sugar. “No stars” means, although the food was rated, it didn’t meet the nutrition criteria to earn a star.
My kids love banana bread. I do too and it’s a family favourite. I wanted to make a healthier version minus all the white flour and wanted to add some fibre, natural sweetness and omega 3 eggs. So I traded up my ingredients thanks to working with a Loblaw’s Dietician and switched out the white flour for organic spelt flour, regular eggs for high-fat eggs, sugar for honey and spices and coconut oil to add moisture and flax seed and hemp hearts.
Benefits of Spelt Flour: High in B2. Niacin, Maganese and it’s easier to digest.
Benefits of Flax: More Omega 3 fatty goodness, heart healthy, fibre and helps remove excess estrogen
Benefits of Hemp Hearts: Contains Omega 3 & 6, Vitamin E, Amino Acid arginine, anti-inflammatory, protein
[yumprint-recipe id=’24’]Now I want to know from you. What’s a recipe you would trade up for a healthier version? Tweet it to us and you’ll be entered to win a $150 Loblaws gift card! When you’re out grocery shopping at your local Loblaws, look for the Guiding Stars. You’ll find it along the price of products if it’s available.
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