NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH!
March is National Nutrition Month®; the month that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to make informed food choices, and develop sound eating and physical activity habits that they can follow all year long. This year a focus is planning ahead to have healthy family meals together whenever possible.
A great start to meal prepping includes:
Meals can be made quicker by using pre-chopped fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Using pre-packaged mixes for soups, rice or noodles also cut down on prep time. Remember that some of the pre-packaged items are high in sodium, and the pre-chopped fruits and vegetables may cost more than doing the chopping yourself. You can save money by doing some chopping in advance; items such as onions, carrots, bell peppers, garlic, and celery can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge until they are needed.
After you plan the main item for the meal, complete the meal by adding canned, frozen or fresh fruits and vegetables or a salad. A dairy product like milk or a milk substitute, cheese or yogurt will help increase protein and calcium intake. It also helps to limit high calorie, low nutrient foods and drinks in meal planning.
Enjoy a new recipe! Invite family members to assist with preparing a new recipe to help save time, teach skills while enjoying time together.
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