National Nutrition Month
Did you know March is national nutrition month?
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits . (source)
The theme for this year is “Eating Right With Color“
So what does eating right with color mean?
Certainly, to me, it means eating more fruits and vegetables. You know I love my fruits and veggies.
- Add a green monster to your daily routine. You’ll get a daily dose of greens, plus, you can add bananas, cherries, strawberries, peaches, mango, oranges, apples etc… Get creative! Sometimes I’ll declare one week “Green Monster Week” and I’ll have a green smoothie for breakfast each morning.
- Try a new fruit or vegetable. Have you ever tried purple potatoes? What about parsnip? roasted brussel sprouts? baked sweet potatoes? kale? rhbard? fresh mango? an ugli? This month, I encourage you to branch out and buy a fruit or vegetable you wouldn’t typically throw in your grocery cart.
- Top oatmeal with real fruit instead of buying pre-flavored oatmeal. Try strawberries, blueberries, peaches, blackberries, or pineapple and sweeten with a little honey.
- Instead of prepackaged granola bars bring a fruit or vegetable for your snack at work or school. My favorites are apples, oranges, sliced cucumber, celery, or fresh strawberries.
- Sneak more veggies in your every day meals. Throw some asparagus in your favorite pasta dish, try diced zucchini and squash in your chili, throw broccoli in your breakfast casserole, or make veggie a quesadilla.
- Pack a small salad for lunch instead of a bag of chips. I grab a handful of spring mix and a sprinkle of blue cheese and instantly have a delicious side salad to go with my meal.
- Get creative with salad. Make a big salad for dinner topped with black beans, corn, salsa, and avocado. Or have a sweet salad for lunch topped with apples, grapes, madarin oranges, rasins, and sunflower seeds. The possibilities are endless when it comes to salad!
- Check out a local farmers market in your area. Google can help you with that.
- Try to serve a fruit or vegetable with each meal. Carrots, parsnip, brussel sprouts, potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower are great for roasting and pairing with any main dish. Serve orange or apple slices along side breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
This month I am definitely going to try to introduce myself to a new fruit or vegetable I’ve never tried, choose fruits and vegetables over other snacks, and visit a farmers market.
What do you or can you do to make your diet more colorful? Are there any new fruits and vegetables you’ve been wanting to try?