March is National Nutrition Month® (NNM) and the theme for 2017 is
encouraging all to
“Put Your Best Fork Forward,” by making informed food choices, and developing sound eating and physical
I am a fan of this year’s theme as it reminds us that healthy habits
over time can truly have a great impact on our health. Small changes can
lead to big, positive results for our minds and bodies. Celebrate NNM
and all year around by:
2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by including a variety of your favorite healthy foods to meals and snacks.
Include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein, and low fat dairy.
- Cook more at home. Replace unhealthy ingredients with heart-healthy oils,
and herbs and spices to add flavor to your meals. Get a healthy cookbook,
or just have fun experimenting!
- Eat to fuel and nourish your body. Don’t skip meals and stay hydrated.
This year’s theme reminds us “how much we eat, is as important
as what we eat.”
- Stay physically active most days of the week. Do activities you enjoy doing safely.
- Make small changes “one forkful at a time.” Each bite counts.
One way I am celebrating National Nutrition Month® is by adding variety
to my favorite nutrient-packed foods, for example, lentils. In addition
too having cooked lentils in soups, I also enjoy eating sprouted lentils
as a snack. By sprouting the mung bean and mixing it with cucumbers, tomatoes,
green onions, green chilies, cilantro, coriander powder, red chili powder,
lemon juice, and black pepper; not only does it taste refreshing, it adds
variety to my meals. Give it a try!
Reema Kanda is a Registered Dietitian at Hoag Orthopedic Institute. Her
healthcare philosophy is to "focus on a life-long commitment that
includes a variety of foods that fuel our minds and bodies, consuming
appropriate serving sizes, and preparing foods in a way that are healthful
while tasting great.”