National Nutrition Month: “Put Your Best Fork Forward”

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Every March, the campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices as well as developing and maintaining healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Dining Out

Eating away from home doesn’t have to wreck your healthy habits. If you know what’s going to be served or what restaurant you are dining at look at the menu ahead of time and decide the smartest choice so you can plan.

Portion Size

America tends to serve massive portions at restaurants, if you are someone who always finishes their dinner, eat a light breakfast and lunch. If you have trouble with portion control, ask for a take away box with your meal so you can hide half of it from your meal and can pace yourself accordingly.

Choosing Sides

Most restaurants offer healthier side dishes such as salads and steamed or roasted vegetables. Don’t be afraid to ask how the food is prepared or make a special request, the worst they can say is “no” and you will have to move onto another choice.

At the Dinner Table

If you are not only concerned about your health but how your family is eating as well, the best place to start is eating healthy together.

Small Changes

Make sure everyone eats a nutritional breakfast, every meal should include half a plateful of fruits and vegetables, and try to make at least half of your grains whole grains.

Nutrient-dense Options

There are plenty of reasonably priced health foods out that geared towards families. Kids favorites like mac & cheese, sweet yogurts, fun crackers, and much more made using healthy fats, low sodium, and natural sweeteners.

Starting healthy lifestyles at a young age means your children will have a lifetime full of great habits that they can extend to others. It is a lot easier to learn new habits at a young age then to change ingrained ones as an adult.

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