Today is the last day of March and due to the coronavirus pandemic, I missed blogging about National Nutrition Month. Since we are all hunkered down, their could not be a better time to cook and eat whole foods at home. This is your opportunity to really focus on what you drink and what you eat!
National Nutrition Month is a great time to spread awareness and promote the benefits of eating a healthy, balanced diet and making nutritious food choices that can keep you strong and well. This is the perfect time to learn more about nutrition and try new, healthy foods. Making small changes to daily routines can make a big difference for your health.
Why you should eat healthy:
- To lower your health risks.
- To stay strong and active.
- To manage your weight.
- To set a positive example for your family and friends.
- To save money.
- To improve mood and mental health.
- To help improve your quality of sleep.
Some Tips for nutritious eating:
- Drink lots of water.
- Pack a healthy lunch with fruits and vegetables. (Packing a lunch rather than eating outevery day is also a great way to save money.)
- Choose whole-grain breads.
- Practice moderation with sugar- especially when it comes to cookies, pastries, and soda.
- Snack on fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots.
- Start your day with a protein packed breakfast to keep you feeling full.
- If you eat out, split the meal with a friend or only eat half.
- Be cautious with condiments, which tend to be high in fat and cholesterol.
- When eating pizza, order thin crust pizza and add veggies as toppings.
- Limit meat, fish & poultry to 5 ounces per serving (approximately the size of a deck of cards.)
Stay home and make April a great month to begin healthy eating routines!