Get Your Plate in Shape

by SKHC Editor on March 9, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month and the 2012 theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape.”  This annual campaign, by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, provides nutritional education and information.

Here are some food, nutrition and health tips to help you “Get Your Plate in Shape”:

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables – especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables plus beans and peas.
  • Make at least half your grains (breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice) 100% whole.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk, they provide the same as whole milk, but less fat and calories.
  • Vary your protein choices, such as seafood, nuts and beans, as well as lean meat, poultry and eggs.
  • Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars, found in sugary drinks, desserts, pizza, cheese, etc.
  • Enjoy your food, but eat less – keep track of what you eat and avoid oversized portions.
  • Be physically active your way, if you enjoy the exercise you’re doing, it will be easier to stick to.

Making informed food choices and developing appropriate eating and physical activity habits will put you on track to a healthier you.

Source: eatright.org

{ 2 comments }

My Childs Health March 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

Great advice, but how do you get that child to actually like the food. 🙂 That takes a little more effort, but you can start by making a game out of eating healthy. They usually always find that fun.

Paul April 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

Making a game out of health eating is a great way to get them to learn.

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