Celebrate National Nutrition Month in March!
At Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, we take into consideration your entire lifestyle. That’s why our treatment often touches on various issues of healthcare. Nutrition is an essential part of the health profile, and making positive changes in diet is an important part of our advice. If you would like more information on how to live a healthier lifestyle, give us a call and we will connect you with someone who can provide information on healthy eating habits, vitamins, nutrition and supplements.
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
The National Nutrition Month® 2013 theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages personalized healthy eating styles* and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns all impact individual food choices.
*Based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommendations and MyPlate messages.
In honor of National Nutrition Month, we’re putting the focus on fruits and vegetables for this post. Fruit makes a great snack and has health benefits, but vegetables are even bigger nutritional stars. Here are a few unique tips taken from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on making vegetables more a part of your daily routine:
- Keep cut vegetables handy for mid-afternoon snacks, side dishes, lunch box additions or a quick nibble while waiting for dinner. Ready-to-eat favorites: red, green or yellow peppers, broccoli or cauliflower florets, carrots, celery sticks, cucumbers, snap peas or whole radishes.
- Make your main dish a salad of dark, leafy greens and other colorful vegetables. Add chickpeas or edamame (fresh soybeans). Top with low-fat dressing.
- Add grated, shredded or chopped vegetables such as zucchini, spinach and carrots to lasagna, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, pasta sauce and rice dishes.
- Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite low-fat salad dressing for dipping.