Unit 3.1 Healthy food options

  • At meals offer all 4 food groups
  • At snack offer at least 2 food groups of which one of the food groups must be of the fruit or vegetable group.
  • Fruit juice is not a substitute for fresh fruit or hydration. Instead, water should be available throughout the day and fruit or vegetable at every meal and snack.
  • Choose fresh foods over canned or frozen products
  • Select whole grain products over refined flour
  • Offer a variety of different ethnic/cultural foods
  • Avoid sugar and caffeine
  • Read labels before purchasing foods to avoid food containing MSG, colorants and artificial flavor
  • Consider the age and development of the children (choking hazards)
  • Consider health problems such as allergies and food intolerances
  • Consider cultural food restrictions and alternate eating choices such as vegetarianism

Your instructor will provide you with the current Canada Food Guide.

Review the 4 food groups of the Canada Food Guide and create a sample menu with balanced meals.