March is National Nutrition Month: Put Your Best Fork Forward!

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Best-Fork-Forward_VeggiesNational Nutrition Month® is a campaign started by The Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition to encourage people to eat better and be more active. This year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” acts as a reminder that each bite counts and that making just small shifts in your food choices can make a big impact on your health.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, over the next few weeks I will be posting articles that include tips for healthy meal planning on a budget, what to eat when you are always on the run, and so much more. I will also continue to post healthy and delicious recipes. Eating foods that are full of nutrients helps protect your body from illness and other imbalances, and meal planning is key to healthier eating habits and a well-balanced diet that includes:

1. A variety of nutrient-rich carbohydrates, high-quality protein and healthy fats.
2. Appropriate portion sizes. Remember your stomach is roughly the size of your fist when empty!
3. Regular meals. If eating three main meals a day does not work for you, try six smaller ones.
4. Limited amounts of processed foods and foods high in sugar or salt.
5. Taking the time to enjoy and savor your food!

By the end of the month, you will have the tools you need to:

• Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
• Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
• Know the importance of quantity and quality of the food you eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you.
• Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.

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