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What to eat on Canada Day

What to eat on Canada Day

1 July, Canada Day (sometimes known as Canada’s birthday) is a time for friends and family casually getting together, with lots of food. Picnics and barbecues are popular ways to celebrate.

Special citizenship ceremonies, air shows, and fireworks are also a part of our national day of celebration. Canada Day is a day to take advantage of and enjoy the great Canadian outdoors. The day signals the real start of summer – school is out, the days are longer, and the weather is conducive to eating most meals outside.

If you’re going to celebrate Canada Day, do so with food. It’s hard to define a specific menu because the country is made up of so many different cultures and cuisines – really, anything goes! However, grilling is always a popular option when you’re entertaining outside. At most Canadian barbecues you will find chicken wings (try replacing the honey in this chicken wings recipe with maple syrup for a Canadian touch!). Sides of salmon and fish kebabs are also great choices because they can be prepared in advance and don’t take very long to cook.

No BBQ would be complete without burgers, and Jamie’s ultimate Canada Day burger is a sure-to-please option. Alternatively, this grilled steak salad is a great way to combine mains and sides all on one plate. But don’t reserve the grill for meats and burgers alone: take your pizzas to the next level by grilling them too (and making them super-Canadian with beer-caramelized onions!).

Sandwiches, wraps and tacos are a great way to offer guests dishes they can customize. Jamie’s rainbow salad wrap is a great example – set out bowls of the various grated vegetables and get people to choose their own rainbow filling and dress their wraps themselves. Tacos can be assembled in the same way, and the ingredients are easy to prepare in advance. Classic chicken sandwiches and coleslaw are also surefire winners for a hot day – easy to eat outdoors and all the great flavours of summer!

For an outdoor meal, I like to offer a variety of different salads, which are especially essential for making a good barbecue great. A classic chopped green salad serves brilliantly every time, but for something really special, how about a tomato carpaccio with raspberries and burrata to take advantage of the local in-season tomatoes?

Potato salad is always a crowd-pleaser too, and with so many varieties (and colours!) of new potatoes available, you have the opportunity to bring a little more colour to the table, too. If you want to bring a guaranteed smile to your guests’ faces, though, try this candied bacon green salad (and use maple syrup to candy the bacon for a true Canadian touch!).

For more ideas on how to create a great salad, check out Jamie’s principles for superb salads.

When it comes to desserts, there’s nothing like a cool trifle or pavlova on a warm summer’s day. Use red berries exclusively for a “Canada flag” colour scheme (or hey, make an actual maple leaf shape on top with the berries!).

Alternatively, if baking is your thing, how about some gorgeous cinnamon buns featuring that quintessential Canadian ingredient, maple syrup?

However Canadians celebrate Canada Day, there’s bound to be good eats and drinks involved. What’s your favourite dish for celebrating your national day?

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155 years ago, a few colonies of the British Empire, the ‘Province of Canada,’ New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, met on Prince Edward Island to discuss confederation. In a few years, they formed a new colony called “the Dominion of Canada.” Other colonies were formed and joined, and so it was, in 1982, they became a fully independent nation. This is what is celebrated on Canada Day, July 1st. Flags, fireworks, parades, and speeches are the order of the day. And cookouts. And food with friends.

Our gastronomical celebration of Canada Day begins in the Maritimes, where the Fathers of Confederation first met. Dinner is from the icy waters of the newest Canadian province, Nunavut, where Arctic Char make their home.

Maritime bake: 150 calories 6.5 g fat 1.2 g fiber 16.6 g protein 6 g carbs [5.5 g complex] 84 mg Calcium NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages . PB GF To us, the Maritimes of Canada are all about seafood, potatoes, local cheese, and lots of the herb Savory, winter or summer. Then there are the strawberries: June/July in Nova Scotia July in PEI August in Newfoundland. Good people, good food.

1 two-oz egg 1/2 oz salt cod [cover with water and soak 30 minutes] 1/8 oz Cheddar OR ADL brand “Old/Fort”, grated 1 tsp dried savory 1/2 Tbsp dry potato flakes + 1 Tbsp water pepper to taste 2 oz strawberries optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or tea or lemon in hot water optional: 5-6 oz berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories] or green smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

The night before: 1] stir the potato flakes and water together in a small bowl and let sit to moisten. 2] cover the salt cod with water and soak 30 minutes. Drain and flake into small pieces. Next morning: Spritz a ramekin with cooking spray. Set the toaster oven at 350 degrees F. Combine the potato, cod, and savory and put into the ramekin. Whisk the egg and pour over the cod. Top with grated cheese and bake 12-15 minutes. Prepare the beverages as you like them and plate the berries.

Arctic Char with Peas: 263 calories 8 g fat 3 g fiber 28 g protein 10 g carbs [10 g Complex] 25 mg Calcium PB GF Arctic Char is a member of the Salmon Family which can be both sustainably fished in the wild and farm-raised. It is delicious, too. There are two presentations given: one ridiculously easy, the other slightly more complex. Both are great.

Recipe I : 4 oz arctic char fillets ½ cup green ‘English’ peas, fresh or frozen Bake the fish at 400 F. for 10 minutes/ inch of thickness or grill for 4 minutes/side. Cook the peas and serve over/around the fish.

Recipe II : 247 calories 8.7 g fat 2 g fiber 26.7 g protein 7.3 g carbs [5.5 g Complex] 74.7 mg Calcium PB GF 4 oz arctic char fillets ¼ cup watercress sauce [see SIDEKICKS II oct 4, 2017] 1 cup snow peas, stems and strings removed Bake the fish at 400 F. for 10 minutes/ inch of thickness or grill for 4 minutes/side. Warm the watercress sauce and serve over the fish. Cook the peas and plate.

There’s nothing that screams “tasty appetizer” quite like buffalo chicken sliders. They’re easy to serve up to a large crowd without a whole lot of effort and are almost guaranteed to be enjoyed by all, no matter a person’s tastes or aversions. To make this recipe come together even more quickly, we’ve created it in an Instant Pot so that the chicken is tender and shreds beautifully!

These Big Mac Bites are absolutely drool-worthy and the Copycat Big Mac Sauce is spot on – you wouldn’t even know it didn’t come out through the drive-thru! Perhaps the best part? These little snacks or appys are perfect for barbeque and patio season when hosting commitments, parties, and potlucks are in full swing. They’re easy to serve and eat without much mess (hello anything on a skewer!) and they’re small enough that they pair well with other traditional BBQ sides.

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Happy Canada Day friends!

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4. Red Punch

If beer or liquor doesn't tickle your fancy, try this Canada-inspired red punch. Sweeter than other alcoholic drinks, a bowl of punch is sure to please a large crowd. Punch can be wine or liquor based making every punch a different and exciting flavour.

- 1 bottle of wine OR liquor to desired strength

- 1/2 bottle red fruit juice (cranberry, pomegranate, berry)

- soda or sparkling water to taste

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Grilled Cheeseburgers

The beauty of these classic burgers is that they&rsquore incredibly versatile. Load them them with traditional fixings (like American cheese, lettuce tomato and red onion) or deck them out with the most-outrageous toppings you can think of. Either way, they&rsquoll be delicious!

Corn Salsa

Foil-Pack Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Wings

Marinate your wings in an easy sweet-and-spicy mixture, then grill them in a foil pack for mess-free cooking (you&rsquoll still need napkins for eating, though!).

Rainbow Coleslaw

It just wouldn&rsquot be an end-of-summer cookout without a few classics, coleslaw being one of them. Trisha&rsquos version is tangy and crunchy, perfect with whatever you&rsquore grilling up.

Turkey Club Kebabs

What&rsquos the one thing you probably haven&rsquot grilled all summer? Turkey. We like turning it into bacon-wrapped kebabs &mdash for sandwiches!

Grilled Picnic Corn

This kicked-up, grilled corn tastes great eaten right from the cob (stick a popsicle stick into one end for easier handling!) but it also makes a great salad. Simply cut the corn off the cob after you char it and then toss it with the other ingredients.

Frozen Sangarita

Sweet and Spicy Apricot BBQ Chicken Thighs

Save the space on your grill for hamburgers and hot dogs &mdash without giving up BBQ chicken. Valerie cooks hers in the oven, while basting it with a sweet-and-spicy, homemade apricot BBQ sauce.

Pepperoni Potato Salad

A tasty twist on classic potato salad? Add some Italian flavors! Ree tosses in Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, basil and pepperoni. Yum!

Barbecue Cheeseburgers

7-Layer Pasta Salad

Fresh Peach Cake

Grilled Pesto Pizza with Marinated Mozzarella and Tomatoes

These grilled pizzas are slathered with summery pesto and fresh tomatoes &mdash perfect for your end-of-season cookout.

Dijon Chicken Wings

Chicken or Turkey Salad Sandwiches

Ranch-Rubbed Pork Ribs

Looking for a simple twist on grilled ribs? Michael Symon uses buttermilk powder and a mix of dried spices from the pantry to give them a Ranch-inspired flavor.

Baked Creamed Corn With Red Bell Peppers and Jalapenos

Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers

Double Patty Veggie Burger

These meatless burgers are ready in a flash, leaving you enough time to make a homemade special sauce for topping them.

If you have kiddos why not prep some Raspberry Coconut Creamsicles while you’re at it? These treats are a super easy grab and go option and I can confirm adults love them JUST as much!

And there you have it!! All of our favourite recipes to indulge in this Canada Day. What do you have planned for the day?

How to Celebrate Canada Day

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Canada Day, formerly known as Dominion Day, marks the historical event in which Canada gained their independence from Great Britain in 1867. This important holiday celebrates the birth of Canada as an independent nation and is celebrated each year on July 1st. [1] X Research source The much anticipated event is celebrated with parades, festivals, and widespread displays of Canadian pride. Whether you want to throw your own Canada Day celebration or take part in countrywide events, there are many way to show your Canadian pride for this important holiday!

What to Eat for Canada Day

Today is Canada Day! We in the U.S. like to celebrate everyone else’s holidays, so we may as well join in the fun. We already know what to drink, so let’s take a look at Canadian cuisine. Some of these dishes stand out for their Canadian origins, whether it’s a native crop or a home-grown company. Others are just favorites, and are perceived as a little different from American cuisine. Canadians are invited to offer corrections, additions, and opinions.


Poutine is a proud Canadian’s heart attack in a bowl, consisting of french fries, thick gravy, and cheese curds. We've looked at its invention by Quebec restaurateur Fernand Lachance in 1957, although there are some who claim other origin stories. Authentic poutine has to live up to Canadian tastes and tradition. If you want to try them at home, use a recipe from the dish’s source. Here’s one from French-Canadian chef Chuck Hughes.

Butter Tarts

Butter tarts are a traditional dessert that Canada does not share with other countries. It’s a small flaky tart crust filled with sugar, butter, maple syrup, and eggs, then cooked until the top forms a bit of a crispy crust. The closest American analogy I can imagine is pecan pie without the pecans. But sometimes butter tarts have pecans, or raisins, or chocolate chips, which is a matter of taste, unless you’re a purist. You have a choice of many recipes.

Kraft Dinner

What Americans know as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is packaged slightly differently in Canada as Kraft Dinner. If you think of the kit with the orange powder as a particularly American comfort food, listen to this: Canada, with a fraction of the population of the U.S., consumes a lot more blue boxes of macaroni and cheese than Americans. In fact, Kraft Dinner is the most-purchased grocery item in Canada.

This makes KD, not poutine, our de facto national dish. We eat 3.2 boxes each in an average year, about 55 percent more than Americans do. We are also the only people to refer to Kraft Dinner as a generic for instant mac and cheese. The Barenaked Ladies sang wistfully about eating the stuff: “If I had a million dollars / we wouldn’t have to eat Kraft Dinner / But we would eat Kraft Dinner / Of course we would, we’d just eat more.” In response, fans threw boxes of KD at the band members as they performed. This was an act of veneration.

You can see Barenaked Ladies doing an extended Kraft Dinner bit during a performance in Scotland in this video. The fun starts at about 3:20.

Tim Hortons Coffee and Doughnuts

Photograph by Flickr user Michael Gil.

Tim Hortons has restaurants in the U.S., but the company is known most for supplying Canada with coffee and doughnuts. The first Tim Hortons was opened in 1964 by hockey star Tim Horton in Hamilton, Ontario, selling only coffee and doughnuts. As the company grew, it became a big supporter and sponsor of hockey at all levels. The vast majority of ready-made coffee purchased in Canada comes from the over 3,000 Tim Hortons Canadian outlets.

Maple Syrup

This is a no-brainer: Canada produces 80% of the world’s maple syrup. What else would you expect from a country that has a maple leaf on its flag? Besides, it tastes so good with bacon! The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers even has a strategic maple syrup reserve, in which 40 million pounds of syrup were set aside in 2011. Americans learned of this reserve in 2012, when six million pounds of the syrup was stolen.

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars are a dessert candy named after the town of Nanaimo, British Columbia. The recipe appeared in a cookbook under that name in 1953, although similar earlier recipes can be found. The concoction is basically a layer of wafer crumbs covered by vanilla or custard flavored buttercream icing and the whole thing is then coated with chocolate. There are plenty of recipes available online. I can’t imagine that any of them are not delicious.


Photograph by Flickr user Will Gurley.

What’s not to like about bacon? It goes so good with maple syrup! In 2010, a survey by Maple Leaf Foods found that 43% of Canadians would choose bacon over sex. At least that’s what they said when people from the bacon company came to ask.

Ketchup Chips

Photograph by Flickr user Patrick Lorenz.

The United States eats a lot of potato chips, and we have a reputation for putting ketchup on everything -except potato chips. That’s a Canadian treat. There are many brands of ketchup chips sold in Canada, but few are available in the U.S. Lay’s makes ketchup chips, but they are only sold in Canada.

Of course, there are other foods that are associated with Canada: Pacific salmon, blueberries, Montreal bagels, and lots of other recipes. Like anywhere else, a lot of different people have a lot of different favorite foods. Happy Canada Day! Read more in our Canada Day archives.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter beat until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.

Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot.

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What to eat on Canada Day - Recipes

When it comes to losing weight, simplicity equals success. The color-coded Portion-Control Containers and Shakeology® shaker cup deliver exactly the right portions every time, so you never eat too much or too little.

Simply fill them as directed in the Nutrition Plan based on your calorie target. Combine this Nutrition Plan with one 30-minute workout a day. That’s all. It’s that simple.

The 21 Day Fix Container Guide

It’s not a “diet.” In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. 21 Day Fix encourages you to eat — in the right portions, so you don’t feel miserable and deprived — so you can finally start losing weight.

The Portion-Control Containers are key. Each one is color-coded for a different kind of food and pre-measured for correct portions.


There are tons of Fix-friendly recipes on the Beachbody Blog, in Autumn’s cooking show, FIXATE, on Beachbody On Demand, and in Autumn’s FIXATE cookbooks . Spoiler alert: There’s a recipe for macaroni and cheese . Like we said, 21 Day Fix wants you to eat!

Meal Planning

Meal planning is key for weight loss . Committing to clean, portion-controlled food every day will help you stay on track so you can get the best results. The 21 Day Fix Tool Kit includes a Meal Planner to help you visually map out your meals for the day, but we recommend using any system that helps you stick to the program.

Meal Prep

First comes planning, then comes prepping. We’re all about meal prepping here at Beachbody. Taking the time to prepare nutritious, homemade meals for the week sets you up for success. Having the right food at the ready will help you stop junk-food cravings , hungry episodes and all those setbacks we’ve had from time to time. Like Autumn says: “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”

How To Use The Containers

Container Guide

Take the guesswork (and self-control) out of portion control by measuring out your veggies, fruits, protein, carbs, and fats in these containers.

Then, review your 21 Day Fix Container Plan, which is determined by calculating your daily calorie target. Your specific Container Plan will tell you how many of each container you can have per day.

For example, if there’s a “3” by the Green Container (Vegetables) then you will fill it with vegetables three times a day.

Next, look at the Container Food Groups. Fill your containers with your favorite healthy foods from the Food Group lists in the Nutrition Plan guidebook.

Then, track your daily container portions on the Tally Sheets provided in the Nutrition Plan guidebook or on the Beachbody Nutrition App.

21 Day Fix Container Cheat Sheet:

  • Green Container: Vegetables like broccoli, spinach and even pico de gallo.
  • Purple Container: Fruits like blueberries, strawberries, mango, and banana.
  • Red Container: Proteins like chicken breast, salmon, eggs, and tempeh.
  • Yellow Container: Carbohydrates like sweet potato, brown rice, tortillas, whole-wheat bread, and wine (yes, wine!).
  • Blue Container: Healthy fats like avocado, cheddar cheese, and cashews.
  • Orange Container: Seeds and dressings like pine nuts, cashews, cheddar, and mozzarella.
  • Teaspoons: Oils and butters like peanut butter, olive oil, and mayonnaise.
  • Lastly, the containers come with lids, so feel free to use them as storage, or simply as a tool for portion control.

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