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Re-focus on Healthy Habits and "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right"

National Nutrition Month® (NNM) is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). Every March since 1973, the Academy, registered dietitian nutritionists, and dietetic technicians take extra time to communicate healthful eating messages to all Americans.

Guest post by Karen Sandusky, RDN

It is fitting that March is nutrition month. It’s the “doorway” month into spring – assuming that spring is coming this year! Winter holiday celebrations are over and New Year’s resolutions need tweaking. It’s time to return to the basics of making healthful food choices and physical activity part of our daily routine. You’re already doing that? Great… bring it up a notch!

The NNM theme this year is, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” We know through consumer research that taste is the main reason we purchase one food over another. Makes sense right? The foods we enjoy are likely the ones that we eat most often. This year’s message encourages combining taste AND nutrition to create healthy meals for the whole family.

Here are some tasty AND nutritious ideas to get you started:

CHERRIES – Fresh or dried, cherries are a great choice. So yummy and rich in fiber and vitamin C, they are associated with heart health and reduced risk of cancer. Cherries are also rich in melatonin which may help with sleep.
PEPPERS – For a low calorie and flavorful snack, munch on a pepper just as you would an apple. Half of a large pepper provides a full day’s worth of vitamin C!
OATMEAL – A good source of soluble fiber, which is the kind of fiber that lowers your cholesterol. For a fun breakfast or brunch, serve oatmeal with a variety of healthy toppings such as nuts, cranberries, raisins, bananas, apples, low fat granola, cinnamon and nutmeg.

For more helpful and healthful nutrition information, please visit:

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
MyPlate

Healthy regards!