National Nutrition Month: Plan your meals each week

National Nutrition Month Week 2

March is National Nutrition Month©.  Join the East Texas Food Bank and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in celebration by focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

This week, the focus is on planning your meals each week.  Here are some tips to help guide you:

  • Make a menu – Think about your approach to meal planning.  Want to make a weekly or monthly plan?  Prepare meals ahead of time, just before or both?  Pick a day to cook meals for the week or a month that you can store in the freezer?  More information
  • Use a grocery list to shop for healthful food – Along with planning menus, make a list of items you need most.  Find and use coupons, shop store brands, read food labels and shop seasonally   More information
  • Be menu savvy when dining out – Restaurant food is meant to look, smell and taste great, and that means nutrition can sometimes fall by the wayside when menus feature main dishes drenched in butter or rich sauces, salads with creamy dressings, and few whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  More information
  • Choose healthful recipes to make during the week – Planning your meals each week involves choosing healthful recipes.  Ensure you’re properly following each step by brushing up on culinary lingo.  More information
  • Enjoy healthful eating at school, work or traveling – Whether you pack a lunch for your child or for yourself, using proper food safety measures is a vital part of the process. More information
    When you are on the go, healthful eating habits don’t have to go out the winder.  Plan healthful eating while traveling.  More information

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