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Nutrition Tips

Put Your Best Fork Forward

By Alyssa Weber, Registered Dietician Nutritionist

Source: www.eatright.org


March is National Nutrition MonthImage result for registered trademark, with this year's theme being "Put Your Best Fork Forward." This theme serves as a reminder that we hold the tools to make healthier food choices. If we make small changes in our eating habits, it will add up to big changes in the long run. It is not only important to follow a healthy diet during National Nutrition MonthImage result for registered trademark, but during every month of the year. It is not about eliminating foods that you may love but rather practicing moderation. This does not mean you should splurge on anything you want to eat all the time. It is still very important to choose nutritious foods the majority of the time, after all, food is what fuels our body.

Our body will not function properly if it is taken care of. Also, remember that a healthy lifestyle includes a balance between nutritious food and physical activity. A few key messages from this year's theme include:

  • Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods
  • Practice cooking at home and experiment with healthier ingredients
  • How much we eat is as important as what we eat
  • Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week
  • Manage your weight and lower your health risks by talking to your doctor or a registered dietician
  • Take a look at the food label and learn how to read it. The food label will tell you how much food equals one serving size and what nutrients that serving size contains. This is important for you to know so you don't consume more calories, fat and sodium than you intend to. It is also a great place to find out what ingredients are in the food you are eating. Check out http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/nutrition-facts-and-food-labels/the-basics-of-the-nutrition-facts-panel for an explanation on how to read food labels.

Smart Snacking Ideas

  • Trail Mix
  • Smoothie
  • Popcorn
  • Baked Veggie Chips
  • Graham Cracker with Peanut Butter
  • Boiled Egg
  • Veggies and Hummus
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt with Granola
  • Fresh or Canned Fruit
  • Whole Wheat Tortilla/Pita spread with cream cheese and a sprinkle of cinnamon