This March marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month, giving us one more good reason to make smart eating choices. The theme for 2013 is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” and encourages us all to find healthy diet and physical activity habits that work for our lifestyle.
Here are a few healthy eating tips for National Nutrition Month from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
“There’s no better way to start your morning than with a healthy breakfast.”
Wake up right with a nutritious meal that will fill you up and give you energy and focus for the day ahead. Browse some of our favorite healthy breakfast foods.
Fix Healthy Snacks
“Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels between meals.”
Satisfy your hunger with smart snacking choices, including these ideas recommended by the Academy:
- Popcorn topped with grated parmesan cheese
- Parfait with yogurt, fruit and granola
- Celery sticks topped with peanut butter and raisins
Cook Balanced Meals
“Cook more often at home, where you are in control of what’s in your food.”
Cooking your own meals allows you to be an active participant in what you eat, plus it’s a fun way to explore new flavors and foods. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends making half of your plate fruits and vegetables, varying protein choices to include seafood, nuts and beans and opting for 100 percent whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice.
What are your personal tips for eating a healthy diet? Happy National Nutrition Month!