Eating better can lead to feeling better, which makes National Nutrition Month, the perfect time to focus on getting the right foods to meet your needs. Many Americans aren’t getting enough essential nutrients such as calcium, potassium, vitamin D and fiber. Savoring the flavor of foods with the nutrients you need, along with the taste that you love can help you eat right for a lifetime. Registered dietitian Katie McGee says adding three servings of dairy to your daily diet can help fill those nutritional voids. Fat-free or low-fat milk cheese and yogurt can help you fill those nutrient gaps. They are excellent sources of calcium, potassium and vitamin D. Look towards whole grains, fruits and vegetables to help you get that fiber you need. All these foods paired deliciously with high protein dairy foods building a healthy diet should be important all year long not just during National Nutrition Month.
Eat Right for Your Lifestyle
There’s no one diet that is right for everyone, so it’s important to follow a healthful eating plan that’s packed with tasty foods and that keeps your unique lifestyle in mind.
Start by making half your plate fruits and vegetables and the other half of your plate to whole grains and lean meat. Add your dairy on the side or it can be a prominent player right on your plate too.
Make Smart Choices. Do you know what’s really in your food? How many calories? How many nutrients? The more you know, the wiser your decisions can be. If you’re shopping in the grocery store, look at the Nutrition Facts labels of foods before you put them in your cart. If you’re dining out, look up the menu online.
Remember to Exercise! When you exercise regularly, you reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease while increasing your chances of sleeping better and living longer. Find ways to make exercise fun. Meet up with a friend, join a gym class, or find new places to explore. The possibilities are endless!