March is National Nutrition Month

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Rather than focusing on foods to eliminate from your diet, focus on what you can ADD to your plate to enhance flavor and nutrition. Here are some tips for healthier eating not just this month, but year round.

Quick Tips for Success

  • Eat a variety of food from each food group
  • Use the plate method to control portions
  • Have everything in moderation
  • Balance your healthy diet with plenty of physical activity
  • Stay well hydrated

Hydration

Keep hydrated by sipping on water, milk and some juices throughout the day. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages like coffee and soda.

Fruit

Instead of drowning your breakfast in sugary syrup, try topping your morning pancakes, French toast or waffles with fresh or canned fruit and yogurt.

Protein

Protein doesn’t have to be meat. Try adding these protein sources:

  • Peanut Butter. Make a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Spread on waffles, English muffins, toast or granola bars. Stir into hot oatmeal. Use as a dip with fruit or crackers.
  • Drain and rinse canned beans and put them on top of salads and add to soups and stews.

Vegetables

Canned and frozen veggies are OK when fresh are not available. Just remember to drain and rinse canned veggies. Look for low sodium, microwavable, frozen varieties of vegetables like Bird’s Eye.

Whole Grains

Try whole wheat bread instead of white for sandwiches and toast. Oatmeal and popcorn are also whole grains that everyone enjoys.

Dairy

Have Greek yogurt or cottage as an easy-to-prepare snack. Top it with nuts, fruit and granola for a delicious parfait,