March is National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” The theme is a reminder that every bite counts and that every small positive change you make to your eating habits adds up to a healthier lifestyle. Try to make healthier food choices one forkful at a time.
Focus on eating more vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans, and peas, and fruits, especially whole fruits. Fill at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Make at least half of your grains whole grains for increased fiber and overall nutrient content. Choose fat-free and low-fat dairy including milk, yogurt, cheese, and fortified dairy-substitute beverages. Protein sources should include lean meats and poultry, seafood, nuts, soy products, beans, and peas. Include monounsaturated fats like olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, and sesame oil, nuts, and avocado, along with omega-3 rich fatty fish, nuts, and ground flaxseed. Limit added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium content.
National Nutrition Month® is the time to make it a priority to balance a variety of your favorite, nutritious foods with physical activity on most days of the week to form healthy habits to last a lifetime!