March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is ‘Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle. Many of you, friends who read and follow this blog, already bite into a healthy lifestyle everyday! Here is what that looks like:
Your day starts with breakfast. Food at breakfast is used as fuel for your brain, better than any morning latte could do!
Half of your plate is fruits and vegetables. Over the course of 3 meals and 1-2 snacks, you consume at least 5 to 7 fruits and vegetables. The more color on your plate, the richer in health promoting phytonutrients you consume.
Half of all the grains you eat are whole. There is great nutrition- fiber, minerals, phytonutrients- in the bran layer of grains that gets lost when grains are refined. You reap whole grain nutrition with three servings of whole grain everyday.
You enjoy three servings of dairy foods (or calcium-rich substitute) everyday. With dairy foods– milk, yogurt, cheese- you consume the nutrients calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, that are most often lacking in American diets.
You choose to be active everyday by walking, running, stairclimbing, dancing, biking (the list is endless). You reap the many benefits like weight management; protection from the chronic diseases diabetes and heart disease; strengthening of bones and muscles; and improved mental health.
Celebrate the steps you’ve taken toward a healthy lifestyle! Good health- your health- is worth every bite!