The New Canadian Food Guide

The Canadian food guide pretty much hasn’t been changed since 1977 when they first released it. The beginning of this year they have unveiled a new food guide focusing more on fruits and vegetables and less on meats.

Let’s see what they have changed. 

 

The old food guide was based on the Four Food Groups: milk products, meat and alternatives, grains, and fruits and vegetables.

The new guide has reduced the groups to just three food groups. Fruits and vegetables,  whole grains and protein. Encouraging Canadians to stray away from the traditional meats heavy meals and to focus more on eating plants.

The new “protein” category may be a little bit confusing for people that are used to the older guide. How can we put meats, dairy, and vegetables all into one umbrella category? Though many studies they have determined that protein from plant sources has the most positive effects on health. The new guide says. “The regular intake of plant-based foods – vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and plant-based proteins – can have positive effects on health,” including lower risk of cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

We often don’t look at our vegetables and think “Protein” but in fact, vegetables are a great source of protein and nutrients.

Top 5 Protein Rich Vegetables  
(Per One Cup)

  1. Cooked Peas        8 Grams
  2. Spinach                5 Grams
  3. Soybeans            15 Grams
  4. Corn                      5 Grams
  5. Broccoli                4 Grams

The new guide has been simplified, throwing away the portions section and replacing it with a simple visual of what your plate should ideally look like. Focusing mostly on fruits and vegetables, as well as making water the drink of choice.

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4 Ways to Make Eating Fun for Children

Children can often be picky eaters and when it comes to dinner time things can sometimes get messy. You want the best for your child obviously, and ensuring they get all their vitamins and nutrients, but sometimes those good vitamins come from fruits and veggies your children just don’t like.

How can we make food fun and exciting for children?

Colour! Colour! Colour! 

Children love colours! Naturally colourful foods are naturally more appealing for children and often provide more vitamin and nutrients than boring dull coloured foods.

EataRainbowHave you heard of Eating a Rainbow?  Fruits and veggies come in a variety of colours, each colour has its own unique vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and natural plant chemicals that give them their distinct colours.

You can judge the number of nutrients on your plate just by looking at the colours. Making food that is very colourfull not only makes it more appealing for children but also more nutritional. Create a rainbow of colour on your plate!


Make it Interesting! 

What is your child currently interested in?  Math, Art, Geography, or maybe a movie like frozen? Try creating meals according to themes.
In my household, we like to explore cultures and will have greek night, Mexican night and so on.

This not will not only make your child interested in the food their eating but can act like a little lesson learning about foods and cultures. Introduce them to food items you might not normally find in your homes such as naan bread or maple syrup (depending on where you live of course).

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The presentation is key! If your child doesn’t think it looks appealing it will be a struggle to get them to even try it. This is where you can get creative!
Ideas: 
Fun Shaped Food
Fruit Kebabs
Happy Burgers or Pancakes!

Make a happy face out of your ingredients

Dip it! Children love to dip their food. Use healthy dip options for vegetables like yogurt.

Get them involved! 

There are so many benefits by getting your child involved in the kitchen, not only does this provide precious family bonding time but it also allows children to learn new skills.

From farm to table get your children involved meal preparations and they will have a lifetime love and appreciation for their food.

Start at the store, take them to the grocery store or market and show them where we gather our foods from. Give them the option to pick you a couple fruits, veggies or full meal they would like for dinner. We all feel more connected to something we have contributed to. Help them make good choices at the store explain to them the difference between good nutritious food and junk food.

Take them on a field trip! Taking them to the farm to see where their food comes from, meet the farmers who grow it will not only help them develop an appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing food but also gets them excited about food!

 

W5Go Healthy Kids Seasons! 

This app features three episodes; Food Groups, 5 Senses, and Personal Hygiene.

This app is the perfect combination of education and entertainment, it includes child safe Augmented and Virtual reality simulations bringing a fun new element to learning!

Explore how we take care of our bodies to keep us happy and healthy!

Healthy Kids is a collection of apps exploring how our bodies work and the many ways we need to take care of our bodies. Designed for children in preschool and kindergarten, these fun learning games get children excited to learn how they take care of their bodies.

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The Food Groups App for Children

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The food groups is a free educational episode within the W5Go Healthy Bodies app! Come learn about the four food groups and discover what makes them so special and an important part of maintaining a healthy body.
               Our bodies need fuel to work properly! We fuel our bodies with food! Written based on the Canadian Food guide, this episode explains the Four food groups and the additional group Fats, Salts & Oils. Learn the nutritional value of each food group, what foods and alternatives are in each group and the importance of a balanced diet. 

Through fun interactive like slicing bread, harvesting vegetables, apple catch, virtual barbecuing, cake decorating and more your child will have fun learning about the food groups, nutrition, and simple food preparations. 

Key Features: 

  • Interactive games and scenes; sort food groups, build the food pyramid, decorate a cake and more! 
  • Interactive VR & AR 
  • Spelling and Pronunciation: On-screen text & voice over   
  • 20+ Fun Facts 
  • Learn the number of servings a day you need of each 

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Healthy Kids Children’s App!

W5GO HEALTHY BODIES APP! 

Learn the 5 senses, the food groups, hygiene, mental health, and exercise! 

 

Download Here!  

Google Play

                     W5go is proud to present their first ever season Healthy Bodies!
Healthy Kids is a collection of episodes exploring how our bodies work and the many ways we need to take care of our bodies. Designed for children 5-8 years old dive into this adventure-filled season and learn what we can do to keep our bodies happy and healthy! 

healthybodies_menuThis season features four episodes: 

The 5 Senses, Hygiene, The Food Groups, and Mind & Body.

The perfect combination of education and entertainment, this app includes child safe Augmented and Virtual reality simulations bringing a fun new element to learning! 

Download Available here! 

In addition to these four episodes enjoy three educational songs. 

Imagination: Spark your imagination with this fun song about imagination. 

Don’t Be a Bully: Before you act or say it…pause… and ask yourself. And then what?

Look, Listen & Learn: Inspired by Cherokee Proverb look, listen and learn! Discover new depths to the world around you. 

Full-length games! Each episode has fun interactive games designed to emphasize what they have learned, play through the episode to unlock the full-length games such as; the coloring book, apple catch, dress-up, hidden object, cake decorating and more! 

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Games
Colouring book, Quizzes, Hidden Object, Apple Catch, Jigsaws, Cake Decorating, Laundry Loads,  Dressing Room and more!  

Designed to aid in childhood development focusing on: 
-Memory                                           – Attention to Detail                             – English Literacy 
-Knowledge                                     – Vocabulary                                           – Logic & Reasoning 
-Motor-Skills                                    – Problem Solving                                 – Creativity 
– Sequencing 

Five Senses

HealthSeasons_Buttons_0000s_0001_Vector-Smart-ObjectEvery day we use our five senses to experience the world around us. By developing a strong understanding of how each sense works alone and together a child is able to further understand the world around them.

What are the 5 senses? Sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell! In this episode, you will dig deeper and discover the 5w’s, the who, what, where, when & why of each sense. Featuring fun animations, facts, sorting games, and a virtual sounds of the forest game this episode is sure to expand on a child’s basic knowledge of their five senses.  

Key Features: 

  • Word Match 
  • Spelling & Pronunciation: Voice over with on-screen text   
  • 20+ Fun Facts about the Five Senses 
  • Interactive VR & AR: Sounds of the Forest & What Smells? 

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The Food Groups

HealthSeasons_Buttons_0000s_0002_Layer-3Our bodies need fuel to work properly! We fuel our bodies with food! Written based on the Canadian Food guide, this episode explains the Four food groups and the additional group Fats, Salts & Oils. Learn the nutritional value of each food group, what foods and alternatives are in each group and the importance of a balanced diet. 

Through fun interactive like slicing bread, harvesting vegetables, apple catch, virtual barbecuing, cake decorating and more your child will have fun learning about the food groups, nutrition, and simple food preparations. 

Key Features: 

  • Interactive games and scenes; sort food groups, build the food pyramid, decorate a cake and more! 
  • Interactive VR & AR 
  • Spelling and Pronunciation: On-screen text & voice over   
  • 20+ Fun Facts about the food groups 
  • Learn the number of servings a day you need of each 

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Hygiene

This episode covers the basics of personal hygiene; bathing, hand-washing, toilet hygiene, and laundry. Often being able to do your own hygiene routine is the first bit of independence for a child. Showing by example and explaining the importance of a good personal hygiene routine can help a child develop a good personal hygiene routine of their own. 

Though-out this episode fun interactions with the W5Go characters will explain how each part of a healthy hygiene routine is important to maintaining a healthy body. 

Key Features: 

  • Spot the difference: Attention to details  
  • Sequencing Games: Toothbrush & Hand-washing
  • 20+ Fun Hygiene Facts 
  • Spelling and Pronunciation: On-screen text & voice over  
  • AR Laundry Game & VR Bathroom Menu 

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Mind & Body 

Having a healthy body means taking care of your body inside and out! This episode covers the importance of Stretching, Aerobics, Strength & Mental Health. Learn how each topic helps the body stay healthy and strong. Join the W5Go kids in simple bodyweight exercises, learn body parts, play a sports memory game and more!  

Having a healthy mind is equally as important as having a strong body. We want to help break the stigma of Mental Health by introducing children to the basics of having a positive mind. We talk about feeling sad and what to do when you feel sad, with simple breathing exercises, how to help feelings, a song about bullying and a simple quiz. Upon completing this episode, a child will have a basic understanding of mental health and how to cope with situations.   

Key Features:

  • Simple body weight exercises for children to follow along
  • Fun animations, games, quizzes 
  • Breathing exercises 
  • Spelling and Pronunciation: On-screen text & voice over  
  • 20+ Fun Mind & Body Facts 

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