March is National Nutrition Month

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March is National Nutrition Month. With that in mind, here are 19 Health Tips for 2019 from the Academy of Nutritionand Dietetics

  1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast: Include lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
  2. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables: Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal.
  3. Watch Portion Sizes: Use measuring cups for recommended portions.
  4. Be Active: Start by doing what exercise you can. Aim for two hours and 30 minutes per week.
  5. Get to Know Food Labels: Reading the Nutrition Facts panel can help you shop, eat, and drink smarter.
  6. Fix Healthy Snacks: Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels between meals.
  7. Consult an RDN: Registered dietitian nutritionists can help you by providing sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice.
  8. Follow Food Safety Guidelines: Reduce your chances of getting sick with proper food safety.
  9. Get Cooking: Prepare healthy cost-effective foods at home.
  10. Drink More Water
  11. Dine Out without Ditching Goals: Compare nutrition information. Look for healthier options that are grilled, baked, broiled or steamed.
  12. Enact Social Meal Times:Plan to eat with family or friends at least a few times each week.
  13. Banish Brown Bag Boredom:Prevent boredom with easy-to-make, healthy lunch ideas.
  14. Reduce Added Sugars: Foods and drinks with added sugars can contribute empty calories and little or no nutrition.
  15. Eat Seafood Twice a Week
  16. Explore New Foods and Flavors: When shopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you.
  17. Experiment with Plant-Based Meals
  18. Make an Effort to Reduce Food Waste: Check out what foods you have on hand before stocking up at the grocery store. Plan meals based on leftovers and only buy what you will use or freeze within a couple of days.
  19. Slow Down at Mealtime: Sit down and focusing on eating.