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Celebrate National Nutrition Month by Adopting These Six Healthy Eating Habits

Intermountain Healthcare Dietitian Mindy Probst, RD, CD, gives us some healthy nutrition tips to start practicing in March

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March is National Nutrition Month! Let’s celebrate by adopting some new healthy habits.  Need some suggestions? Here are six tips for a healthier lifestyle.

1. Eat breakfast every day

Start the day right with a little whole grain, fruits and vegetables, and low fat dairy.  People who eat breakfast every day tend to make healthier choices throughout the day and weigh less than those who don’t.

 Breakfast

2. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to keep your body running the way it should.  Be sure to include a healthy portion at every meal.  Replacing extra portions of grain and protein with lower-calorie fruits and vegetables is also a great weight management tool.

 Fruits

3. Make time for meal planning

It is nearly impossible to meet your nutrition goals without a plan. Good intentions alone won’t get you very far; you need to have the foods on hand that will help you follow through with your healthy eating goals. Find a meal planning method that works for you, whether that means taking a few minutes every evening to plan meals and snacks for the next day or scheduling a time to make a weekly plan and grocery list.

 Food Prep

4. Do something active every day

Setting aside 30 minutes of your day for physical activity will help you maintain good health.  Make it fun and get the whole family involved.

5. Make family meal time a priority

Children from families who eat together are less likely to be obese, have behavior problems, and use drugs and alcohol when they get older.  Conversation during family dinner can also strengthen relationships.  If you aren’t in the habit already, get started now by planning at least one family dinner per week. 

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6. Choose healthy snacks

Aim for 100-200 calories at snack time and include a lean protein and complex carbohydrate for longer lasting satiety and energy.  Try a small apple with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, a low-fat cheese stick with 5-7 whole grain crackers, or ½ cup of low fat cottage cheese with fruit.

 

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Reference:

    1. Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN  “Family Meals: Small Investment, Big Payoff.” Kids Eat Right. January 21, 2014. Web. 15 March 2016. < http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/eating-as-a-family/family-meals-small-investment-big-payoff>

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