March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme is "Go Further with Food," which is timely for many reasons. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. We can all achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, while finding ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food," while saving both nutrients and money. Below are some tips to help you along:
- Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
- Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
- Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
- Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, click here for a guide to portion sizes.
- Continue to use good food safety practices.
- Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
- Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). These highly trained medical professionals can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs. For more information about nutrition counseling at Griffin Hospital, click here.