It’s National Nutrition Month
It’s no wonder that National Nutrition Month coincides with the beginning of Spring – we’ve all emerged from the succession of deliciously decadent holidays with bursting buttons and too-tight tops! It’s hard to make healthy decisions and know what’s good for you, so we’ve reached out to Melinda Luis, nutrition and dietetics instructor, to offer tips and tricks for making better food choices:
Eliminate the Bad. Incorporate wholesome foods in your diet by keeping your fridge and pantry stocked with the right healthy foods that give you optimum nutrition. Keeping healthy options, like apples, within reach will make you less likely to choose a bag of chips.
Opa! Chock full of live cultures, loaded with calcium, potassium and vitamin B, Greek yogurt is a super food worth incorporating into your routine. Try eating yogurt in the morning instead of a cereal bar, or using it in place of sour cream or heavy cream in cooking recipes.
Go Green. Incorporate healthy greens such as broccoli, kale, and spinach into your salads. These greens are loaded with vitamins, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, Iron, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Be Blue(berry). Including just one serving of blueberries in your diet every day will give you a kick from its high antioxidant capacities. Mix these in with your calcium-filled yogurt and you’re packing a pretty big energy punch.
Pick the Right Potato. Opt for a sweet potato at dinner instead of a regular baked potato. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, and they are a good source of potassium and dietary fiber.
Quit Loafing. Good carbs are an important part of eating healthy, and the whole grains in wheat bread help preserve healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Keep Your Sweets. There’s no need to deny your sweet tooth. Dark chocolate has been shown to fight high blood pressure, plus its high cocoa content makes it taste just a bit decadent.
Eating healthy is not just a fad, it’s a lifestyle of making small choices daily to improve your health. In addition to moderate exercise and good sleeping patterns, a balanced diet can help you get the most out of your body.
For more information on the nutrition and dietetic courses visit the Broward College Health Science page at http://bit.ly/1RzOf0X