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 learning skills to create tasty meals. Here are some tips to help guide you:
- Keep healthy ingredients on hand – When it comes to buying fruits and vegetables, many factors play a role in which types consumers choose, including nutritional value. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says all fruits and vegetables — fresh, frozen, canned or dried — are good-for-you foods that can be enjoyed at any time. More information
- Practice proper home food safety – Handling foods safely is much more than throwing away expired milk or washing your fruits and vegetables. While these actions are important, there are several more common food safety mistakes that can result in major consequences. More information
- Share meals together as a family when possible – Cooking at home can be healthy, rewarding and cost-effective. And, according to research, taste tops nutrition as the main reason why Americans buy one food over another. The foods you enjoy are likely the ones you eat the most, so make taste a kitchen priority when preparing nutritious, satisfying meals. More information
- Reduce food waste – Food waste — when edible items go uneaten, including “plate waste” in retail establishments such as restaurants and cafeterias — is an increasingly important issue in food security. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, billions of pounds of food goes to waste each year. More information
- Try new flavors and foods – Eating right is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. A healthy plate can include foods from all corners of the globe. In fact, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans says, “Healthy eating patterns are adaptable … Any eating pattern can be tailored to the individual’s socio-cultural and personal preferences.” More information
Information provided by eatright.org