March is nutrition awareness month. It’s always a great time to improve nutritional knowledge and provide education on how we can all eat better.
The biggest factor in understanding nutrition and eating healthy is education. The ChooseMyPlate.gov initiative is a simple, yet effective way to teach food categories and portion size. This is a great tool for people of all ages.
How Many Calories Do I Need?
There are lots of different diets and nutrition plans that exist, but time and time again it’s shown that having a balance of calories in and calories out leads to long term success. Your age, gender and activity level all factor into the appropriate amount of calories you need. Remember fruits and veggies are lower in calories so you can have a larger serving for the same calories as some other foods.
Increasing Fruits and Vegetables
It’s important to expose children to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. It’s never too late to try this – even for adults! Finding ways to add fruits and veggies to foods you currently eat improves the nutritional content of meals, adds variety and when used as substitutions decreases calories.
Healthy Meals on a Budget
We have provided you with information to improve your nutritional knowledge. Now you may feel ready to act on this new knowledge. One of the most common concerns about eating healthy is the perception that it’s expensive. It doesn’t have to be. A little bit of planning every week can significantly reduce cost and waste.