March is National Nutrition Month®
March is National Nutrition Month® and in its 40th year of helping American's live healthier, this year the emphasis is to ‘Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.’
Food preferences, lifestyles, cultural traditions, and health concerns impact our food choices. This year’s theme emphasizes the advantages of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages consumers to include the foods they love as part of a healthful eating plan that is tailored for their lifestyles.
Here are a few tips from www.eatright.org on how to ‘Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.’
- Eat Breakfast
- Include lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
- Breakfast doesn’t have to include breakfast foods. Try leftovers, a turkey sandwich, or trail mix as your healthy breakfast meal.
- Make Half your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
- Fruits and vegetables lend color, flavor, texture, and vitamins and minerals to your meal.
- Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups vegetables your daily goal.
- Check out www.eatright.org/nutritiontipsheets for more ideas.
- Watch Portion Sizes
- Become familiar with portion sizes utilizing measuring cups.
- Use smaller plates, bowls, and glasses to keep portions under control.
- You can enjoy your favorite foods with portion control.
- Get to Know Food Labels
- Food labels let you know what’s in your favorite foods. The Nutrition Facts Panel and the Ingredients List provide the information you need to know when making healthy choices with your favorite foods.
- To learn more about food labels, get the facts at www.eatright.org/nutritiontipsheets.
- Banish Brown Bag Boredom
- Planning ahead and preparing your to-go food the night before foregoes the morning rush and allows you to be proactive in making healthy choices.
- Prepare a meal on Sunday to portion out for lunches all week long.
- These ideas are sure to keep your taste buds awake:
- Whole-wheat couscous with chick peas or black beans.
- Whole-wheat tortilla with chicken, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes.
- Baked potato topped with steamed broccoli and salsa.
- Spinach salad with sliced pear, red onion, and feta cheese.
Eating right is essential to keep your body running at its best. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ way to eat. The best approach is to find a way to include your tastes and preferences into a healthy eating lifestyle. Controlling portions and consuming a diet full of plants: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, is a good start to eating right. Individualizing these healthy options according to your tastes and food preferences is the way to ‘Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.’
*Adapted from the article “13 Health Tips for 2013” by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics staff registered dietitians.*