National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.

The theme for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods — that’s the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!

Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids:

  1. Mini Pizza: Toast a whole wheat English muffin or pita, drizzle with tomato sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese. Add any vegetables!National Nutrition Month
  2. Turkey Wrap: Spread mustard on a whole wheat tortilla, top with a slice of turkey, low-fat cheese and lettuce. Roll up and enjoy.
  3. Banana Split: Top a banana with Greek vanilla and strawberry yogurt, sprinkle with your favorite whole grain cereal.
  4. Apple Pie Oatmeal: Make one cup of oatmeal, mix in 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce. Sprinkle with apple pie spice and/or cinnamon.
  5. Cheesy Popcorn: Sprinkle parmesan cheese on hot popcorn.
  6. Snack Kabobs: Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on whole wheat pretzel sticks.
  7. Trail Mix: Mix dried fruit, nuts and favorite whole grain cereal in a bag for a quick, on-the-go snack.

Eating Healthy on a Budget:

In order to get the most nutrition for your food budget, you should have a plan before you shop. Here are some budget-friendly tis for eating right:

  • Plan what you are going to eat: When you shop with a list, you will be less likely to buy extra items that are not on it.
  • Decide how much to make: Making a large batch by doubling a recipe will save time in the kitchen later on.
  • Shop for foods that are in season: Fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season are usually easier to get and may be much less expensive.
  • Cook more, eat out less: Go back to basics and find a few simple and healthy recipes that your family enjoys.

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