March is National Nutrition Month, a time to take stock of our eating habits and see if we can get more out of our food.
Eating healthy is important at every age and good nutrition is the building block of a healthy, long life.
If you are looking for some ways to easily boost nutrition on a daily basis, Gillian Arathuzik, a registered dietitian at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, gave us some ideas on how to ramp up our healthful habits.
- Eat from the rainbow to ensure you get a variety of different nutrients from your fruits and vegetables. The classic message of “5 a day” still resonates and helps people with the reasonable goal of getting in fruits and vegetables.
- Re-think your drink. If you drink juice, soda or vanilla lattes, opt for something non-calorie, without sugar. Water with a lemon squeeze (or another fruit) is a good substitute for flavored drinks. You can also try flavored seltzers.
- Choose whole grains, be sure “whole” is the first word on the ingredient list. Try a new alternative grain like quinoa or barley!
- Try meatless Mondays. Replace meat with eggs, beans, legumes, fish, or soy-based alternatives for a protein source.
- Lower sodium. Don’t add salt, choose fresher, whole foods vs. processed foods, and eat out less often.
- Reduce added sugars. You can access added sugar content on food labels making this a more attainable goal.
- Boost your healthy fats consumption by grabbing foods like avocado or nuts, seeds, and fatty fish. Olive Oil is great, too!
For more information on keeping a healthy lifestyle, speak with your physician.