March marks the beginning of National Nutrition Month, a month long campaign promoting nutrition education and information. Get your plate into shape and test out some of Produce for Kids recipes for balanced, complete meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Here’s how you can get your family’s plate into shape.
- Think before you eat. Before your family sits down to eat, think about what goes on their plate. This can easily be accomplished by putting some time aside to plan your family’s weekly meals. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy products and lean protein foods contain the nutrients we need without too many calories.
- Divide your plate. Take your plate and divide it into four sections. One for whole grains, one for protein, one for fruit, and one for veggies. A low-fat dairy choice such as milk, yogurt, or cheese can be added on the side.
- Choose 100% whole grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice. Check the ingredients list on food packages to find whole grain foods.
- Switch to low fat or fat free dairy products. Fat free and low fat milk have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but less fat and calories.
- Vary your protein choices. Eat a variety of foods from the protein food group each week, such as seafood, nuts and beans, as well as lean meat, poultry and eggs.
- Don’t forget about physical activity. Incorporate daily activities your family can do together. Pick an activity everyone enjoys. Every bit adds up. Combine physical activity with smarter food choices and you and your family will be well on your way to getting your plate in shape.
For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit NationalNutritionMonth.org.