Plan healthy meals for National Nutrition Month

posted by Brent Brown on March 1, 2019 MyPlate graphic

March is National Nutrition Month!

We all know that consuming nutritious foods is important for our overall health, and for chronic disease prevention. Now is a great time to step back and review what it means to eat healthy.

A healthy eating pattern includes eating a variety of foods from each of the food groups listed here:

  1. Vegetables
  2. Fruits
  3. Grains
  4. Protein
  5. Dairy

Two important things to remember when perusing the cafeteria, or planning meals, are portions and variety. MyPlate is a helpful tool for choosing appropriate portion sizes of foods. Not every meal will include all food groups, so think of this plate more as a guide for your overall daily intake. For example, almost half of the food we eat everyday should be fruits and vegetables.

When considering variety, choose different fruits and vegetables for each meal, or switch it up between animal proteins and plant proteins. Aside from providing diverse tastes and flavors, your meals and snacks will have a good mix of vitamins a minerals as well. Visit chooseMyPlate.gov to learn more!

A healthy eating pattern limits the following:

 

 

 

Test out your nutrition knowledge with this quiz, or take a nutrition break with this popular game.

Stay healthy, stay happy!

References:

www.heart.org

www.choosemyplate.org

www.eatright.org

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