Happy National Nutrition Month®!
March is National Nutrition Month®, designated by the American Dietetic Association to celebrate food and living an active, healthy life. Sure, most Americans don’t need a month dedicated to celebrating food… we love and talk about food year round! But, National Nutrition Month® makes food chatter just a little more special.
Join me this month as I interview some special Registered Dietitians (such as Hope Warshaw, MMSC, RD, CDE), who will share with us their tips for healthy eating. And, we’ll discuss easy ways to make healthy eating convenient and tasty. Because let’s face it: Taste and time control our busy lives.
The theme this year is “Eat Right with Color.” And, what better time to celebrate colorful food? Spring will soon make way for irresistibly delicious fruits and veggies, like asparagus, peaches and berries.
To kick-start this National Nutrition Month®, here are a few ways to add color to your diet and help you meet the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.
- Add a mixed greens salad or piece of fruit to your brown bag, frozen or fast food lunch. This automatically ups the antioxidant and nutrient content of your lunch. BONUS: potassium-rich veggies and fruit help counter high-sodium packaged and restaurant foods.
- Grow a windowsill herb garden. Fresh herbs–such as basil, cilantro and mint–enhance the taste of entrees, salads, fruit, grains and even water. BONUS: Herbs and spices pack a lot of antioxidant punch.
- Swap out one starch with quinoa, brown rice, bulgur or barley every week. Even if we’ve gotten good at replacing white breads and pastas with whole wheat, we tend to eat a lot of wheat and forget about those lesser-known grains. BONUS: Other whole grains, like barley, are also rich in dietary fiber and can add some zing to a stand-by weeknight dish.
- Go for the pink (or white) fish twice a week. A great source of protein, fish are easy to cook. Brush with a little olive oil and sea salt and throw on the grill or broil until it flakes easily. BONUS: Fatty fish, like salmon and trout, contain heart-healthy essential omega-3 fatty acids.
How do you add more color to your diet? We’d love to hear from you at email@example.com.
And stay tuned for more National Nutrition Month® celebrating!