Food For Thought When it Comes to Nutrition
Supply chain interruptions limited holiday shopping options and delayed deliveries of the merchandise we ordered. But it has also meant a smaller variety of food products at the supermarket and fewer menu items at our favorite restaurants, forcing us to make other selections. This should not mean giving up on good nutrition.
March is National Nutrition Month, an opportunity to focus on food choices and ensuring healthy eating habits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us that colorful foods on the plate translate to healthy options. Dark, leafy greens, oranges, and tomatoes—even fresh herbs—are loaded with vitamins, fiber and minerals. Adding frozen peppers, broccoli or onions to stews and omelets gives them a quick and convenient boost of color and nutrients.
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020–2025, a healthy eating plan:
- Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
- Includes a variety of protein foods such as seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, nuts, and seeds.
- Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
- Stays within your daily calorie needs
In addition to the fat-free and low-fat milk mentioned above, consider low-fat and fat-free yogurts without added sugars. These come in a variety of flavors and can be a great dessert substitute.
Whether you are cooking for yourself, two people or a large group, planning meals is a good place to start improving your food selections. Taking the time to plan a healthy evening meal can help you avoid a less healthy “drive-through” dinner.
The CDC notes that healthy eating is all about balance. You can enjoy your favorite foods, even if they are high in calories, fat or added sugars. The key is eating them only once in a while and balancing them with healthier foods and more physical activity.
Wondering how to go about developing and maintaining a healthy meal plan? Talk to your doctor about taking advantage of Kelsey- Seybold Clinic’s nutrition support services, including an acclaimed team of registered dietitians. Also, be sure to visit the CDC nutrition website for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/index.html