MARCH IS national nutrition month
Keep It Simple – Healthy eating can be easy!!
Registered Dietitians around the country are celebrating National Nutrition Month by helping people learn how to choose healthy foods and how to find reliable nutrition advice.
Are you thinking about eating better to improve your health, lose weight or feel better? Healthy eating is one of the most powerful tools to prevent many health problems. Remember the saying, “you are what you eat”? Well, it’s true. The food you put into your body is the fuel to your fire and effects your physical and mental health.
An easy way to get started is to use the MyPlate method at meals. Divide your plate into sections to help balance intake and nutrients.
1/2 Plate Fruits & Vegetables – Have more vegetables than fruit. Brighten your plate with fruits & vegetables that are red, orange, and dark green as they are packed full of vitamins and minerals. Think about your plate as a rainbow when selecting fruits & vegetables to eat. Choose whole fruits more often than fruit juice for fiber. Fresh, frozen, canned, dried and pureed fruits all count! Fruits and vegetables offer a variety of nutrients but not a lot of calories or fat.
¼ of your plate from whole grains - Look for the words “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” on the food label. Whole grains have more fiber and nutrients than refined grains.
¼ of your plate from protein - Vary your protein from different sources. Meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, beans, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds all count.
Add some calcium from milk, yogurt, cheese and fortified soy or nut beverages. These give you nutrients such as calcium, Vitamin D, potassium, protein and more.
questions? ASK A REGISTERED DIETITIAN.
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