The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics designates March as its annual nutrition awareness month. As part of its informational and educational program, the Academy seeks to help people across the country “whip their plates into shape.”
Portion size control and the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables are the two most important concepts the Academy is seeking to raise awareness of. According to a 2009 study, the Academy found that the single most important factor to most people when building a meal isn’t calories or nutritional value – it’s convenience. As part of the National Nutrition Month theme for 2012, the Academy wants to educate people on strategies they can use to eat well without sacrificing convenience.
Three big tips they’d like to offer:
* Shop for seasonal produce. Fruits and vegetables that are in season will be less expensive. If you’re still feeling the pinch, choose frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. They offer a similar nutritional punch.
* Use grocery coupons. These will help you save money on healthier items, ensuring you always have plenty of good food around the house to help you make better choices.
* Limit portion sizes. People know to limit carbs and fats, but proteins can be a problem. A full-sized serving of protein is about the same size as a deck of playing cards.
A few minor adjustments can be a big help to your health – and your waistline. Plenty more healthy eating tips can be found at the Academy’s website.