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Beginning as a week-long event, National Nutrition Month took 7 years to become the full-fledged month of healthy eating that we’ve come to love.  At the time of 80’s fad dieting and home gyms, healthy savoring of nutritional foods was not a priority for the fast paced lifestyles of the time. With dwindling nutritional habits, the eat right campaign began to solve the crisis and better balance the average diet.

The academy of Nutrition and Dietetics gives a list of tips on how to live healthy during NNM and throughout your life!

Highlights include:

  • “Eating a healthy breakfast that consists of lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables…making sure your plate is half-full with fruits and vegetables, watching portion sizes, eating seafood twice a week, cutting back on sugars and drinking more water.”

  • “Varying your protein routine is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and the academy advises to mix it up with seafood, beans, peas, unsalted nuts and seeds, soy products, eggs, lean meats and poultry. An easy fix to healthier eating is to choose vegetable oils instead of butter and oil-based sauces, and choose fat-free milk and yogurt to cut back on saturated fat.”

They also give tips on how to eat healthy on a budget: “Purchase foods in bulk — it’s cheaper — and make a large batch by doubling a recipe so that extra portions can be saved for lunches and snacks. Shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season is a good way to save some money because those foods are typically cheaper, and sometimes canned or frozen produce is less expensive than fresh. Just make sure to look for “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label.”

You can find more information and tips at IBT!


Contributed By: Destiny McMillin