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Put Your Best Fork Forward!

March is National Nutrition Month®, which is an annual nutrition education campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This month is the perfect time to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing a healthier eating pattern that can last all year long.

This year’s theme is "Put Your Best Fork Forward", which implies the importance of making small changes to reach your health and nutrition goals one bite at a time. Celebrate National Nutrition Month® with these key themes from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

Spruce It Up: 5 Ways to Make Everyday Salads More Interesting

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables helps to ensure your body gets the appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals needed to stay active. An easy way to do this is by making salads, which can keep you on track with fiber and protein goals and provide a low calorie entrée option that can assist with weight maintenance. Add some spice to your salads with these tips and give your taste buds something to look forward to!

 

Celebrate Chocolate!

February is well recognized as a time to show love through gifts, acts of kindness, and of course sweet treats. What better way to show some love than through chocolate! Celebrate Chocolate Month this month by sharing some fun facts with your Valentine about one of America's favorite foods

Keep on Ticking: 4 Stress-Free Tips to Keep You Focused on Heart Health

 

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths in the United States, which is more than all forms of cancer and Lower Respiratory Disease combined. Since February is Heart Health month, there’s no better time to take control of your health by fine-tuning your diet. Here are some tips to get you started:

The Teatox: Truth or Science Fiction?

In 2737 BC, a lonely tea leaf fell into Emperor Shen – Nung of China’s cup of hot water, and one of America’s favorite drinks was born. Today, tea from the Camellia sinensis plant is the most commonly consumed beverage worldwide after water.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Don’t Eat the Peppers: These are the 5 hottest peppers in the world

For many, chili peppers provide just the right amount of “kick” to jazz up an ordinary meal. Chemicals called capsaicinoids stimulate nerves in the skin and mouth causing a reaction to the spiciness. The heat of chili peppers is found in the highest amounts in the seeds, the pith (where the seeds attach), and the internal membranes.

 

Making the Grade at Lunchtime

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, but lunch also plays a critical role in children's overall health and school performance. When children skip lunch, they are likely to have trouble concentrating in the classroom, lack energy for sports and overeat on low-nutrient, after-school snacks.

Tips for Healthy Family Dinners

Did you know that kids in families who eat together are more confident, have better vocabularies, and score higher on tests? It can be tricky to schedule regular meals together, but the stronger bond your family will share is worth the effort!

Make time to eat with your family using the following tips from Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs)-the food and nutrition experts!

Quick Guide to Nutritious Meals

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