March is National Nutrition Month, a month-long, annual nutrition education and information campaign, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Originating back in 1973 as “National Nutrition Week” and expanding into a 31-day event in 1980, National Nutrition Month focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and exercise habits. Last year’s theme was “Eat Right with Color”, and simply reminded people to include a wide range of colors on their plates (natural colors, that is!). So for all of you out there in your chef uniforms, trying to figure out how to add a healthy spin to a dish, just add a dash of color, and you’ll be good to go!
The theme for 2012 is “Get your Plate in Shape”, which tells people to think about what is on their plate before eating it. Below, find a short list of some of the tips from EatRight.org.
- Make half of your plate fruits, vegetables, or both.
- Make at least half of your grains whole-grains.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk.
- Vary your protein choices.
- Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars.
For more information on National Nutrition Month, or to get tips and tricks to eating healthier, visit www.EatRight.org.