Public Health: March Nutrition Month 2014
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March Nutrition Month 2014


Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right


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While we focus on balanced meals through MyPlate, it is also important to remember that “My Plate” is exactly that- our very own personal healthy eating style! This means that everyone’s plate will be personalized to their own preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic background, and health concerns.


While health and nutrition play a role in our food choices, taste is often the most influential factor why one food is chosen over another. This month we are focusing on how to balance and combine foods that we enjoy eating but also provide us the nutrients we need. Healthy foods can taste good too!


Here are a few guidelines to help create your personalized MyPlate while enjoying the taste of eating right!

  • Fill up at least half of your plate with your favorite fruit and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables provide color as well as essential nutrients, enzymes for digestion, and fiber to your diet. Utilize natural herbs and seasoning to flavor your vegetables.
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Limit to 2-3 servings per day.
  • Make half of your grains whole. Choose 100% whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice and pasta. Or choose whole grain items such as air-popped popcorn, oatmeal, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, quinoa, sorghum, or whole rye or barley.
  • Choose fish, poultry, beans, and nuts as go-to protein options.
  • Reduce sodium, solid fats, and added sugars. Read your food labels to help compare products. Choose whole foods over processed foods to control sodium, fat, and sugar content. Use healthy fasts such as olive oil and canola oil.
  • Watch your portion sizes. Use smaller plates, bowls, and cups to help keep portions under control.
  • Drink more water. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should have an intake of at least 75 ounces of water each day.
  • Explore new foods and flavors. Get out of that food jag and expand your range of food choices! At the grocery store, make a goal to purchase a new fruit, vegetable, or whole grain to try. Choose a new restaurant that serves ethnic foods or attend a local food festival. Try different versions of familiar foods such as red leaf lettuce, purple carrots, or basmati rice.
  • Eat healthy while eating out. Research the menu and nutrition information ahead of time. Aim to add fruits, veggies, lean meats, poultry, or fish to your plate. Choose lunch or kid portions or take half of your meal to go. Look for items grilled, baked, broiled, or steamed.
  • To continue creating your personal eating style, click EatRight for additional nutrition tips!


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