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Happy National Nutrition Month!

March 10, 2016

Here’s an idea…

For many of us, by this time each year our New Year’s resolutions are long gone and replaced with the normalcy of our everyday lives; the exercise you promised yourself you’d do or those vegetables you said you’d eat more of have now been forgotten.  That’s okay, we all know life happens, but spring is quickly approaching and March is National Nutrition Month, so what better time to get back on track with your healthy lifestyle goals for 2016.  This year’s theme, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives.”

 

In other words…

Even with the holiday season come and gone, our lifestyles still revolve mostly around food; birthday parties, picnics, Easter dinner, Mother’s Day, and basically any other special occasion that we celebrate.  Usually, these gatherings consist of heavy meals with tons of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods like chips, sodas, cakes, candies, etc. that will easily take you off the healthy lifestyle bandwagon.  This month is dedicated to enjoying and appreciating your food traditions and the social experiences food can add to our lives, so why not make these occasions an opportunity to involve your friends and family in your journey to a healthier lifestyle by serving up some healthier (but still delicious) options.

 

Here’s how you can use this idea to better your life…

When an occasion comes around, like a birthday party for example, try bringing or making mini cupcakes for everyone; the minis are a smaller portion than a piece of cake or a regular cupcake and you could even serve it alongside a small scoop of frozen yogurt. This way, you can have your cake and eat it too!  Some other ideas for special occasions could include: replacing chips and dip with veggies or pretzels and hummus; replacing the sugary sodas with fruit infused sparkling water (soda water); and replacing butter with canola or olive oil in recipes.

 

To find out more…

About ways you can stay on track with your 2016 healthy lifestyle goals, without missing out on the beloved special occasions, go to http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/nnm/ or http://www.foodandnutrition.org/National-Nutrition-Month/.

For more information on healthy living, visit http://www.uaex.edu/health-living/food-nutrition/default.aspx.

By: Serena Fuller

Photo: http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/planning-and-prep/recipes/chocolate-zucchini-cupcakes-recipe

 

 

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