Friday, March 31, 2017

Put Your Best Fork Forward...

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.
The 2017 National Nutrition Month® theme is "Put Your Best Fork Forward."

5 Tips to Kick Bad Eating Habits to the Curb

Reviewed by Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month... we know it's now the end of March, but you should never stop focusing on nutrition and food!


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VARIETY

Choose a variety of foods and beverages from each food group to build healthy eating styles. Include choices from all the MyPlate food groups to meet your calorie and nutrient needs when planning or preparing meals and snacks.
FOOD GROUPS
Fruits

Fruit Group iconFocus on whole fruits. Whole fruits include fresh, frozen, dried, and canned options. Choose whole fruits more often than 100% fruit juice.

Vegetables

Vegetable Group iconVary your veggies. Vegetables are divided into five subgroups and include dark-green vegetables, red and orange vegetables, legumes (beans and peas), starchy vegetables, and other vegetables. Choose vegetables from all subgroups.

Grains

Grains Group iconMake half your grains whole grains. Grains include whole grains and refined, enriched grains. Choose whole grains more often.

Protein Foods

Protein Foods Group iconVary your protein routine. Protein foods include both animal (seafood, meat, poultry, and eggs) and plant sources (nuts, beans and peas*, seeds, and soy products). Choose a variety of lean protein foods from both plant and animal sources.
*Note: Beans and peas are also part of the Vegetable Group.

Dairy

Dairy Group iconMove to low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. Dairy includes milk, yogurt, cheese, and calcium-fortified soy beverages (soymilk). Choose fat-free (skim) and low fat (1%) dairy foods.

OILS
Oils are part of healthy eating styles because they provide nutrients for the body, like fatty acids and vitamin E. They also enhance the flavor of your food. Some oils are eaten as a natural part of the food such as in nuts, olives, avocados, and seafood. Other oils are refined and added to a food during processing or preparation such as soybean, canola, and safflower oils. Choose the right amount of oil to stay within your daily calorie needs.