Having good nutrition is a key part in being healthy. Losing weight, building muscle, and feeling energized are just some of the benefits that come with having a balanced diet. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we’ve compiled some tips and resources to help you eat and feel good.
Using the Food Groups
There are some rules that are applicable across the board – no matter who you are. Eating five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, for example, or limiting your intake of sweets, fats, and salts. But when it comes to calories and portion sizing, that can get a bit trickier. MyPlate is a great option for people who want a general idea of what they should be eating and what their daily caloric intake should be. It even has options for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.
Making Healthy Food Choices
Healthy eating starts with good choices. For example, choosing sweet potatoes over regular fries and eating pretzels instead of chips are easy choices, but make a big impact in the long run. The American Heart Association has a Nutrition Center with information on simple healthy recipes, tips for dining out, and more. Looking to step up your cooking? We’ve compiled a list of recipes on our Pinterest so you can spice up your dinners.
Plan Out Meals
We get it, sometimes McDonald’s is just too convenient. Beat the urge to grab a Big Mac by prepping healthy lunches and dinners to make meal time easier and faster. Need some ideas? Our Meal Prep Pinterest Board will have you pre-packing like a pro.
Make Health Fun!
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has fun coloring sheets, crossword puzzles and even nutrition sudoku to get the whole family involved in National Nutrition Month. Getting your kiddos involved in making smarter eating choices is a great way to educate and train them to make healthy choices on their own.
Talk to the Doctor
Have some big nutrition questions? Our providers are happy to help answer any and all questions. Nutrition and health go hand in hand, so talking to your doctor about your diet plan is the best way to make sure you’re getting what you need. Check out our list of SFM providers accepting new patients.
We hope you have a healthy National Nutrition Month and can use these tools to have great nutrition all year long! The benefits of good nutrition are undeniable. After all, you are what you eat.