“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips.
Every month, I ask our nutritionists for ideas on topics to blog about and I was happy to find out that March is actually National Nutrition Month. What a perfect way to promote good nutrition and highlight our nutritionists’ work in the community.
How would our nutritionists want us to observe this special month? By reminding us to eat healthy and promote healthy eating habits with our loved ones, of course.
It’s safe to say this is our nutritionists’ mantra: to incorporate healthy eating habits into your life, add more fruits and vegetables to your meals. But did you know that the colors of fresh produce can make a difference? When picking fruits and vegetables, choose dark green, orange and red vegetables; these foods include a nutrient that makes you healthier and helps to prevent some types of cancers.
Here’s a recipe* recommended by Karla, one of our nutritionists:
1. Rinse greens, remove stems, and tear in small pieces.
2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Sauté garlic and onion until light brown, about 3 minutes.
3. Add greens, cabbage and vinegar and cook briefly, about 3 minutes. Serve hot.
Take a risk and try new things – add leafy greens into your pasta, put more vegetables in your meatloaf, or just snack on more veggies!
Find more ways to add vegetables to your diet at Cooking Matters.
Looking for ways to celebrate National Nutrition Month at school, at home, or in the community? ChooseMyPlate.gov offers many ideas on how you do exactly that.
***Read past Nutrition Newbie posts!