Every March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” reminding us that every bite counts. As we transition from winter to spring, this is a great time to refocus your attention to living a healthy lifestyle.
Check in with the health goals you’ve been working on and/or set a few new intentions for the month. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Get into greens! Spring brings many fresh, nutrient-dense greens unavailable at other times during the year. Try cooked nettles, tender dandelion greens or baby lettuces for a delicious boost of nutrients.
- Try a new recipe each week – we have some great ideas on our blog!
- Pick out a seasonal vegetable or other ingredient at your local market that you’ve never tried before and learn how to cook with it.
- Get on top of your snack planning – find a time that works with your schedule and batch cook little bites to bring with you to work or on the go.
- Take advantage of the (hopefully) emerging sunshine and get outside for some physical activity – there are many beautiful places to walk, run or bike in the area!
- Start a new habit and build a team of participants to hold you accountable, for example a healthy cooking night together.
- Make it social – host a dinner party or potluck with a focus on seasonal, whole foods.
Remember small healthy choices add up to make for big changes! For more ideas about how to celebrate taking charge of your health visit www.eatright.org/nnm.
By Flannery, Bastyr Intern