“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatama Gandhi
March is National Nutrition Month and the perfect time to evaluate your food choices. Consuming nutritious foods can help boost mental performance, reduce stress, increase energy levels and maintain a healthy weight. Follow some of these tips to a healthier you:
- Eat a nutritious breakfast: Start the morning off right with a breakfast rich in whole grains, fruit and protein. In a hurry? Try a slice of peanut butter toast with a banana or a low-fat fruit and yogurt parfait.
- Veg out: Keep plenty of fruits and veggies on hand to eat as a snack or enhance any meal. Be creative by adding spinach and mushrooms to your pasta sauce or toss some broccoli on a baked potato. Strive for 5 servings per day in a wide variety of colors.
- Prepare your own meals: Not only will this allow you to control portion size, but it will also allow you to avoid hidden calories and fats that are often found in fast-food and restaurant meals. Also take this opportunity to make healthy ingredient substitutes. Try using low-fat or fat-free yogurt in place of sour cream or replace the butter in your brownie recipe with avocado puree.
- Drink plenty of water: Your body is made up of about 60% water, so it’s important to drink water throughout the day. Keeping a water bottle with you at all times will ensure that you stay hydrated and help curb hunger.
- Limit sugar consumption: Refined sugar contains empty calories which can lead to weight gain, so read nutrition labels carefully. Common names for refined sugars include corn syrup, dextrose, fructose and cane sugar.
For some healthy entree and dessert recipes head over to our healthy eats pinboard. We have included some our staff’s top picks!