March is National Nutrition Month. This is an opportunity to learn more about healthy eating and improve one’s well-being. Eating right is key to feeling good and providing your body with the necessary fuel to go about your day. Whether you’re just starting off with a healthy breakfast or getting ready for a workout, the foods you choose to eat can make a significant difference. Learning how to go further with food helps us experience the benefits of eating well and cutting back on food waste.
Everyone has their own food preferences and you can make small changes over time while enjoying your favorite foods within a balanced diet. It is important to remember to consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein-rich foods, and dairy in order to get the most nutrients, while also being contentious of your calorie needs.
Small steps can get you on the road to eating healthy. Here are healthy tips for National Nutrition Month:
Choose foods that provide the nutrients you need without too many calories.
Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark green, red and orange vegetables, plus beans and peas. When choosing canned vegetables look for “reduced sodium” or “no-salt-added.”
Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones healthy. Include three servings of fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese each day. If you are lactose intolerant, try lactose-free milk or a calcium-fortified soy beverage.
Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you.
Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Here’s to healthy eating for seniors!