When choosing whole grains, lean protein and colorful fruits and vegetables, it’s important to savor the flavor – and be creative in the kitchen – to discover the benefits of a healthy eating lifestyle.
The Galveston County Health District recognizes March as National Nutrition Month. This annual nutrition campaign is geared at educating the public on the importance of making informed food choices.
Eating healthier can help reduce a host of chronic diseases including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, some types of cancers and obesity.
Many of us don’t eat enough servings of fruits and vegetables daily. In fact, it’s estimated only 25 percent of people in the United States consume an adequate amount, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A great tool to use to ensure you’re eating a well-balanced meal is MyPlate. The concept is easy enough. MyPlate focuses on variety, amount and nutrition. It divides meals into five food groups – fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy – all aimed at building a balanced meal. It also helps you become more mindful of portion sizes.
Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in all forms, whether it’s fresh, frozen, canned or dried. They’re also low in calories. Looking for something sweet to eat? Pick up some fruit. It’s naturally sweet and can help fight cravings so that you don’t find yourself reaching for a candy bar or piece of cake.
When it comes to dairy, choose low-fat or fat-free options for milk, yogurt and cheese. Go for whole grains when building your plate. Whole grain bread, brown rice and quinoa are great options. For breakfast, whip up a bowl of oatmeal. Whole grains not only provide vitamins and minerals, but dietary fiber. At least half of the grains you eat should be whole grains.