March Is National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right."
The following recommendations from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are a great way to get started on the road to health and wellness through good nutrition:
Start with the basics. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts.
Make calories count by thinking nutrient-rich rather than “good” or “bad” foods. Most food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients — and lower in calories. Be aware of portion sizes. Even low-calorie foods can add up when portions are larger than you need.
Focus on variety by eating foods from all the food groups. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, canned or frozen. Look for locally grown produce that’s in season. Vary protein choices with more fish, beans and peas. Include at least three servings of whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.
Balancing physical activity and a healthful diet is your best recipe for managing weight and promoting overall health and fitness. Set a goal to be physically active at least 30 minutes every day.
Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics eatright.org website for nutrition month recipes, fun quizzes, helpful hints and more.
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