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Celebrating Home Grown Food

Canadians have a lot to celebrate when it comes to home grown food. In addition to supporting local farmers and growers when you shop, you can also choose local foods from each of the four food groups. Celebrating Home Grown Food Vegetables and Fruits: Canada grows a wide variety of vegetables and fruits , including apples, asparagus, blueberries and potatoes. With spring on the way, look for local asparagus, peppers, and greenhouse tomatoes in your neighbourhood grocery store. Remember, vegetables and fruits provide plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and it is important to enjoy 7-8 throughout the day.Grain Products: Canada produces a variety of different grains including wheat, corn, oats, barley and buckwheat. These tasty grains are full of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide recommends you make at least half your grain servings whole grains everyday day. Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast; substitute whole-wheat flour for white flour when baking, and enjoy a LEAN CUISINE Spa entrée for lunch. Most of the LEAN CUISINE Spa entrée’s contain 100% whole grain rice or pasta. Milk and Alternatives: There are over 13,000 Canadian dairy farms supplying Canadians with milk everyday. Milk provides protein, along with important bone building nutrients like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and Vitamin D*. For a great snack option, try NESTLÉ REAL DAIRY Frozen Yogourt, its low in fat and made with 100% Canadian milk. Celebrating Home Grown Food Meat and Alternatives: Canada produces a variety of different grains including wheat, corn, oats, barley and buckwheat. These tasty grains are full of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide recommends you make at least half your grain servings whole grains everyday day. Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast; substitute whole-wheat flour for white flour when baking, and enjoy a LEAN CUISINE Spa entrée for lunch. Most of the LEAN CUISINE Spa entrée’s contain 100% whole grain rice or pasta.*250 ml milk provides 9 g protein, 30% DV calcium, 11% DV magnesium, 22% DV phosphorus and 45% DV Vitamin D.  References: 1. Dietitians of Canada. 2011, Celebrate Food…From Field to Table. Home Grown Canada 2. Health Canada. 2010. Nutrient Content of Some Common Foods. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/fiche-nutri-data/nutrient_value-valeurs_nutritives-table6-eng.php 3. Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 2010.Table 6-5 Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamins and Mineral Nutrients (Persons 2 years of age or older) http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/guide/ch6e.shtml#a6_3

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