March is National Nutrition Month ®
Stephanie Sodak, Willow Valley Communities’ Manager of Nutrition and Culinary Service, shares this information from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics reminding everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating.
It is also the time of year when the Academy and Willow Valley Communities celebrates the expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts.
These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help get you started.
-Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
-Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
-Decrease your intake of saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added sugars.
-Make Your Calories Count
-Think nutrient-rich rather than “good” or “bad” foods. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients, and lower in calories. Making smart food choices can help you stay healthy, manage your weight and be physically active.
-Focus on Variety
-Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs.
-Eat more dark green vegetables such as leafy greens and broccoli and orange vegetables including carrots and sweet potatoes.
-Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas.
-Eat at least 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.
-Know Your Fats
-Look for foods low in saturated fats and trans fats to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils.