National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to promote nutrition awareness and education. It originated in 1973 as ‘National Nutrition Week” and expanded to a month long campaign in 1980. Every year the theme changes, but the focus is on the importance of developing and? making healthy and? educated food choices as well as? physical activity habits.
This year’s theme is ‘Eat Right with Color” simply include more color on you plate! ‘Adding a splash of color not only makes your plate look prettier it also increases your variety with trying other fruits and vegetables that you have never tried before. A rainbow of foods creates a beautiful plate as well as a bundle on benefits for a healthful eating plan.
If you are a mom and have children take them to the store and look at all the different fruits and vegetables. Take time to see how many different ones there are and pick out some new ones to try. It can take up to 12 times of tasting a certain food to decide if a child likes it. You can also start with smaller portion sizes such as three two or three small pieces.
If you are looking for ways to make fruit and vegetables more fun try adding herbs and spices such as cinnamon & nutmeg on apples and sweet potatoes. Oregano and basal? is great on? spinach, zucchini and tomato sauce. Rosemary is great on mashed potatoes, green beans and red potatoes either roasted or in a pan.
Get outside with your children! Walk before dinner, or bike ride, jump rope, hula hoop or a game of basketball. If you can’t do this before dinner do it after dinner and encourage everyone to help clean up so you can all get outside and get some post-dinner exercise. Now with the time change that will be a whole lot easier.
Here is one of my favorite recipes my GREEN SMOOTHIE: it will take some time for the kids to like it but keep trying at least 12 times before you give up!
- 16 oz, water or coconut water
- 1/2 peeled cucumber
- 3-4 stalks of celery
- one handful of organic baby spinach
- one handful of romaine lettuce
- 1/2 cup of frozen mango, pineapple tidbits ( Trader Joe’s) or peaches.
Blend in a blender very well. It will keep for three day’s. Enjoy!
Blessings to you and your families,