Happy March 1st everyone! In addition to showing signs of spring, the month of March is also National Nutrition Month®. This is an educational campaign initiated the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Being a registered dietitian and member of the AND, I wanted to share some highlights of this initiative.
The 2018 theme set forth by the Academy is “Go Further with Food.” The following key messages were taken directly from the Academy’s website (link can be accessed at the bottom of this page):
Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
Continue to use good food safety practices.
Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.
We can all improve in at least one of these areas! I challenge you to set a goal (or several goals) so you can “go further with food”! For me personally, I need to work on #2 and #4 the most! In regard to #2, Rob and I have a tendency of buying an abundance of food for just the two of us. We have plenty of staples in our freezer and pantry that we should plan meals with instead. With #4, I am not always mindful of the foods I am eating. Mindful eating does not mean restriction; it simply means focusing on and appreciating the foods you’re eating, avoiding distractions, and properly fueling your body.
In case you were wondering about the cashews…I chose them as my feature photos because I love them. These jumbo, gourmet beauties were on sale at a local retailer for only $6 per pound AND came in a pretty gold box with a bow. I am a sucker for sales and beautiful packaging! Cashews are convenient for snacking and boast about 5g of protein per 1 oz serving, among other nutrients!
Stay tuned for more nutrition related posts this month!