March is National Nutrition Month!
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March is National Nutrition Month!

Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 4:48 pm
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In Season Natural Foods for the Autumn MonthsDid you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), National Nutrition Month promotes the importance of making educated, informed choices when it comes to what you put on your plate.  Each year a theme is chosen, and for 2013 it’s “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” The theme celebrates the fact that eating well can be personalized around food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns. Observing National Nutrition Month is a great way to teach family, students and yourself about the importance of eating well every day. It’s also a great excuse to learn a few delicious, healthy recipes. Here are a few ways you can take part in National Nutrition Month:

Get the Kids Involved!

While teaching your kids about nutrition and eating well is a lifelong process, National Nutrition Month offers a great excuse to teach them a little extra this month! Get your kids involved and let them pick out their favorite fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, or let them help or observe while you cook dinner. You can also encourage them to try any healthy foods they haven’t tried before.

You can also teach them about nutrition with fun worksheets or coloring pages that feature MyPlate or the rainbow of colors fresh foods come in.

Challenge: Try a New Recipe Every Day

We all get stuck making the same recipes week after week. Why not try something new by doing some research online to find new, healthy recipes to add to your skill set each day? You can also visit your local book store to find helpful cookbooks filled with healthy, nutritious recipes your whole family will enjoy! Make it a goal to try a new healthy recipe every day during the month of March.

Visit a Local Nutritionist

Of course, making sure you have a healthy, well-rounded meal can be somewhat of a mystery to many. Maybe you don’t know how to work in a healthy diet around your busy life, or you have specific dietary or health concerns you have to deal with. If that’s the case, you can visit a local nutritionist in your area to give you some advice. They’ll help you choose the best products at the grocery store while explaining more about balanced meals, portion sizes and more. In fact, March 13, 2013 is Registered Dietician Day. Maybe you can send your dietician a fruit basket to show some love.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.