Follow our family’s journey to eating better. Read our first #PCStars #GuidingStarsCA post here.
Eating healthy is important for busy families. When it comes to my family, our food consists of vegetables, fruit, protein, dairy and whole grains. I like cooking my family’s meals mostly from scratch, but there are times I need a little help when times get a bit busy and chaotic.
When it comes to food that I don’t make myself (crackers, oats, pasta, kefir, yogurt, cheese, etc), I like to make sure I pick wisely. I read labels, check ingredients, and do side by side comparisons. What makes things easier is finding Guiding Stars on shelf labels in store for simple nutritional choices.
At home, we eat lots of oats. Steel cut oats are our favourite. We’re going on a camping trip, so Hubby asked me to pick up some oatmeal packets for the weekend. Since we normally get steel cut oats or large flake oats, I wanted to check out which instant oats had the most stars. There were some with 3 stars and some with 1 star. The Guiding Star ratings were really helpful in when it came to selecting our hot cereal for our camping trip.
I don’t normally buy juice, but some of the children on the camping trip drink juice. I must have spent what seemed like an eternity in the beverage aisle! So many juices and other drinks to choose from! I was happy to see that some of the beverages had guiding stars on their shelf labels. It made picking one juice over another much easier.
For those wanting to change eating habits and choose healthier items, the Guiding Stars 0, 1, 2, 3 rating system rates food individually against a strict standard and not against each other.
If you have a PC Plus card, you can rack up rewards easily and in no time. On my last shop, I earned 2200 PC Plus points.
Since we were running errands in Espanola (and a wardrobe change for Little One), we did our shopping at Independent and got everything we needed for our camping trip. On our way home, Little One and I ended up going to our local Valu-Mart on the Island because she wanted Brussels sprouts for supper! We picked up a few other items that we don’t grow on our farm.
Thinking about the purchases I make for my family, I made a conscious effort to find alternatives with higher stars. It is amazing how easy and how quickly the stars in my grocery cart increased. It’s also interesting to see how easy it was to change current eating habits with the Guiding Stars program.
With some of the ingredients we picked up, I made this dish.
Sweet and Savoury Summer Rice Dish
- 1 cup wild rice
- 1 cup Jasmine rice
- 4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, cut into 1 inch pieces
- Herbamare (or salt)
- Freshly cracked black pepper
- 10 green onions, sliced
- parsley, chopped coarsely
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
1 In a medium sized saucepan, add broth, Jasmine rice and wild rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 40 minutes and remove from heat.
2 Whisk together the olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and sesame oil.
3 Carefully and gently mix together the cooled cooked rice, green onions, sugar snap peas, dried cranberries, and dressing in a large mixing bowl. Add Herbamare and freshly cracked pepper to taste.
This dish is best served cold, so chill completely before serving. Enjoy!
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Disclosure – This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.