March is National Nutrition Month® – Get You Plate In Shape

by Donna Quirk, MBA RD LD
LMC Clinical Nutrition Manager

Happy National Nutrition Month® to you!  Get Your Plate In Shape is this year’s theme.  For this blog, I thought I would share some of what I and my family have done to Get OUR Plate In Shape.

Although I am a Registered Dietitian, I am also a “foodie” who LOVES to eat.   I know it can be challenging to plan meals, shop, and find time to prepare them.  Not to mention working in variety, good-or-you foods, and flavor.  And, let’s just say that some foods I like are, ahem, lacking in their nutritional benefits.

Everyone can make a few changes to improve their health through nutrition, even me and my family!  So, here are some of the changes we made in the past couple years:

  • We only have whole grain crackers, popcorn, almonds, and hummus in the house.  Good bye to potato chips (yes, even baked or low-fat), pretzels, and sour cream based dips.
  • We eat one to two meat-free meals a week.  This adds beans, legumes, and vegetables to our diet and is budget friendly.
  • I have prioritized and doubled the fruits and vegetables I eat.  I buy seasonal or on sale fruits and vegetables to stay in budget.
  • And finally, I will soon be planting our vegetable garden.  Wish me luck and hope for good weather!

You, too, can make a commit today to eat better and feel better.  March is National Nutrition Month®.

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