March is National Nutrition Month

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March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign focused on the importance of making informed food choices and developing good habits for healthy eating and physical activity. This year’s theme is Go Further with Food, stressing the importance of starting your day with a healthy breakfast and preparing meals in advance to reduce food waste.

A great way to start is to plan ahead and eat the food you already have at home. Create a meal plan for lunch and dinner to avoid eating out – saving not only your waistline but your wallet too. Meals should include a healthy mix of proteins, grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy.

According to our Go365 Health Assessment results from 2017, 56 percent of our associates who completed the assessment are not reaching the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables offers a lot of great health benefits, including lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, cancer prevention, lower risk of obesity and digestive problems, and improved blood sugar levels. Even more, eating seven or more fruits and vegetables a day will help you feel fuller longer and keep your appetite in check.

What changes do you plan to make to ensure you’re fueling your body with the right nutrients every day? Share in the comment section below for a chance to win a gift card!

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  1. I meal prep all my meals the night before, those include breakfast, lunch and snacks for the day. Even the nights i don’t have time to cook I always have some alternative of quick meal prepping. I allow myself to order lunch during a work-week once or twice a month as a treat. Some people believe meal prep can be time consuming but it takes just a few days for you to get the hang of it. Weekends are great days to leave everything “semi-ready” . Cut all the fruits and leave them in grab and go containers, wash all vegetables, always have some frozen veggies for those days you are in a hurry. Supermarkets now offer a variety of healthy options, hard boiled eggs, vegetables in a bag where you microwave for 3 minutes, the choice is really just up to you to make smart choices for your life. Healthy eating is not just a trend it is a lifestyle.

  2. I am now planning our meals to include protein, vegetables, and grains. Fruits,cheese and nuts are our go to snacks. During the week, we have a protein shake in the morning along with fruit. On weekends, we will sit down to a traditional breakfast of eggs or oatmeal with a side of bacon or sausage and toast. Our goal is to eliminate adding any sugar to the food we cook and eliminate as much processed food as we can from our diet.
    Juanita Cisneros
    LifeCare Fort Worth

  3. I have begun eating a lot more vegetables and reduced my intake of food. That has resulted in a loss of 17 pounds. I still have 5 more to go but I am on track and know how to get there!

  4. Thank you for highlighting March as NNM! As a busy wife and mother, I plan to make a serving of overnight oats (oats soaked in non-dairy milk, flax seeds, and toasted wheat germ, with a sprinkling of cinnamon). In the morning, I will scoop a cups’ worth of the mixture, add one small bananas and 3/4 cup blueberries. I will add a handful of chia seeds for crunch and chopped nuts for protein. A drizzle of agave, and I have a bowl bursting with health and energy for the work day ahead!

    Lunch will be a salad composed of a piece of leftover salmon, leftover grilled veggies (zucchini, red pepper, mushroom), leftover brown rice, and lots of “power green” lettuce and added sprouts. A quirt of fresh lemon, and I have an easy feast!
    Apple for snack.

    Dinner will be a spelt pasta dish with lots of veggies (frozen), parmesan cheese, sundried tomatoes, and precooked chicken thawed from the weekend. I will have a side of mixed fresh fruit (at least 1 1/2 cups). Yum! And, easy peasy!

    An important change for me is marketing smartly ahead of time — on a weekend morning, to plan for healthy, easy meals that can partially be cooked and frozen in advance.

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