This March we have a reason to celebrate healthy eating and nutrition. National Nutrition Month is in March of each year and designated by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help promote nutrition education. This organization aids nutrition and food professionals with supporting the public in nutritional health.
This yearly campaign began back in the early 70’s and is still going strong. Each year a new slogan is created to promote nutrition month. This year’s focus is to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” to help encourage healthier lifestyles in March and all year long.
How can you “Put Your Best Fork Forward”?
1) Create a balanced plate with fruits and vegetables
- Healthy doesn’t have to be expensive
- Buying frozen, canned or fresh on sale
- Lean proteins from canned tuna, beans, and lentils
- Dining at home is one way to reduce fat, sugar and large portions
2) Reduce added sugars from sodas, sweets, and juice
- Limit and avoid added sugar
- A few names to avoid on labels but not limited to are sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, cane juice, and honey
- Choose 100% Juice, low-fat milks, and water instead of regular juice or sodas. (1 cup fruit,1 cup 100% juice or ½ cup of dried fruit equals 1 serving of fruit) pick whole fruit for added fiber over juice when possible
3) Dining out
- Pick locations with a variety of menu options with fresh fruits and vegetables and lean proteins
- Split a meal into two and take some home or share
- Sweeten your own beverage
- Eating out is a kind of social entertainment for many of us. Plan to eat lighter at earlier meals and get a planned workout in as well.
Remember anyone can put their best fork forward, by balancing your plate, reducing added sugars and even while dining out.
Another way to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is to get help and guidance from the nutrition experts, Registered Dietitians Nutritionists.
Websites to Check Out:
Fruit Servings: www.ChooseMyPlate.gov
Hospitality Dietitian: Mindy Diller, MS, RDN, LD : firstname.lastname@example.org