National Nutrition Month

By James Long
Director of Dining Services C. C. Young

March is national nutrition month, so here are some ways to start or to keep eating healthy:

  • At every meal, fill half your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half the grains you eat whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and pasta, quinoa, oats and brown rice. Check the food label, the first ingredient listed should be “whole grain” or “whole wheat.”
  • Choose healthy protein sources, such as lean meats and poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs and nuts and seeds.
  • Eat low-fat dairy foods. If you’re sensitive to lactose, try calcium-fortified soy beverages.
  • Limit foods with added fats, sugars and salt.

Along with these guidelines to a healthy/nutritious meal, please also consider foods that help your intestinal bacteria. I’ve received some questions from a few residents on what foods foster intestinal bacterial, and after a quick Google search, I found these 7 foods: Artichokes, Bananas, Polenta, Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (kale, cabbage, and cauliflower), Blueberries, Beans, and Fermented Plant-Based Foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, and soy sauce).

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