March is National Nutrition Month®. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created this campaign to promote nutrition education. The goal is to inform the public about making wise food choices, and developing good eating and physical activity habits. This year, the theme is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right. The focus is to remember to enjoy your food and the pleasures from eating, along with the social experiences and family traditions. Healthy food can be flavorful and enjoyable!
Eating healthy foods does not need to be boring or bland. There are a variety of nutritious foods to choose from to keep you full of flavorful and tasty foods! Here are some tips and suggestions to help you slow down and savor your food:
- Use meals as a way to connect with friends and family. Sit around a table and discuss the day and events. End the evening with a walk around the block to complete you quest for a more active day.
- Use spices to add flavor to your foods. There are many choices in the spice aisle that will add a twist to any dish. Also, try fresh herbs and citrus to enhance flavor.
- Don’t be in a hurry or eat while doing other tasks such as watching TV, studying or reading. This can lead to mindless eating, and you can consume more calories than you intend. If you need a snack while doing these types of activities, portion it out into a bowl. If you eat right out of a bag, you can reach the bottom before you realize how much you’ve eaten! Savor your food – actually take time to enjoy each bite and flavor. Mindless eating can cause you to eat without remembering what you ate or what it tasted like.
- Remember there are healthy food choices in all food groups:
- Fruits & veggies – you can’t go wrong with these nutrient-packed choices. Eat a variety of produce: 100% juice, dried, frozen, fresh and canned are all great choices. Aim to eat fruits or veggies at each meal and snack.
- Protein – lean meats and plant-based protein (soy, nuts, seeds, beans) give your body what it needs to build muscle.
- Carbohydrates – give your body its first choice for fuel (energy). Choose whole grains for more nutrients and fiber (oats, popcorn, brown rice or whole grains in pasta, breads, and crackers).
- Dairy – gives calcium to help with strong bones and teeth. Cow’s milk has nine essential vitamins and minerals.
Let us know how you’re Savoring the Flavor of Eating Right. Send your meal and snack photos or recipes to [email protected]. We’ll be sharing ideas on social media all month long!
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