March is National Nutrition Month® – Get You Plate In Shape
by Donna Quirk, MBA RD LD
LMC Clinical Nutrition Manager
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®.
Nutrition Tips on a variety of topics are available to you at http://www.eatright.org/nutritiontipsheets/