Did you catch a glimpse of our visit to the Vancouver Home + Design Show last weekend on Facebook or Instagram? We had lots of fun, but wow, was it ever busy! We wandered up and down the aisles checking out the booths, collecting samples, entering all the draws, and basically trying not to lose the kids in the crowd. When we spotted giant cookies and the big Play & Win! sign at the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign (NFEC) booth, we all went over to check it out.
I was really happy to see this booth at the Home + Design Show because my family’s well being comes first in every decision I make. I take that responsibility seriously, and I believe that one of the most important things I can do for them is to provide them with healthy food choices. I do that by prioritizing fresh, unprocessed foods and home cooked meals, and when I use packaged foods, by using the Nutrition Facts table to make informed, healthy food choices.
I think it’s so important to teach kids early on how to make wise food decisions, which is why I brought Tee with me to an NFEC event last spring. That’s where she was first introduced to reading the Nutrition Facts table. Since then, she’s kept in practice when we go shopping so she was eager to try her hand at reading sample tables for the Nutrition FACT-O game last weekend.
Trevor was one of the friendly folks manning the booth that day. He showed us some sample foods and asked Tee to compare them. Which crackers had more iron? Which canned peaches had the least sugar? Which burger patties had the least sodium? She needed a little help comparing the serving sizes, but did well enough to earn herself some Focus on the Facts tokens.
Tee took her tokens over to the giant Focus on the Facts PLINKO board and dropped them in for chances to win a grocery card and other swag. Tee was nice enough to share her tokens with her little sister who thought this part of the game was very cool. We didn’t win the grocery card, but each of the girls did score a cloth bag to carry all their samples around in.
3 Steps to Making Informed Food Choices
Now Tee knows that all the information we need to make informed food choices is right there on the label. When we’re grocery shopping, we can compare the Nutrition Facts tables on two or more products to pick the item with the best nutritional profile.
Follow these three easy steps to pick the foods that best suit your family’s needs:
- Step 1: Start with the serving size to make sure you’re comparing equal amounts.
- Step 2: Use the % Daily Value to determine how much of a nutrient is in each serving. A simple rule of thumb is that less than 5% DV is considered a little, more than 15% DV is a lot.
- Step 3: Compare the nutrients to find your best choice. Look for foods high in protein, fiber, vitamin A, calcium, and iron, and foods low in sugar, sodium, and trans fats.
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Disclosure: This conversation was sponsored by Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), Health Canada, Retail Council of Canada (RCC), and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG). Nevertheless, all opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.