Did you know March is National Nutrition month? National Nutrition Month is when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. All month we can learn about and celebrate eating right with our families.
One of the focuses of 2017’s National Nutrition Month is adding color and variety to you and your family’s daily dishes. This month, we challenge you to focus on the color green!
You can pack more nutrition and color into each day by following these tips:
- Celery, high in fiber and low in calories, is a perfect after-school snack – alone or dipped in peanut butter (no more than 1-2 tablespoons)
- Set up a salad station for dinner and have your child make their own salad creations
- Make green grape kebabs with cubes of low-fat cheese on pretzel sticks
- Blend up spinach into a spinach-almond pesto to top a sandwich or a plate of whole-grain spaghetti
See below for the recommended weekly intake of various vegetable groups based on age by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You’ll see dark green is listed first!
Photo courtesy of the University of Florida