Eat Right With Color
March 15, 2011
March is National Nutrition Month, and the theme for 2011 is "Eat Right With Color". National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the American Dietetic Association. It is designed to help us make informed food choices and improve our eating and physical activity habits.
Their Dietary Guidelines encourage us to eat more:
- Whole grains: Increase whole grains by choosing whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta. Make at least half of your grain servings whole grain servings.
- Vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables, plus beans and peas. Most adults need 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day.
- Fruits: Add fruit to meals and snacks--fresh, frozen, or canned--to get about 2 cups daily.
- Low-fat or fat free milk, yogurt, and cheese or fortified soy beverages: Include 3 cups per day for calcium, vitamin D, protein, and potassium. Lactose-free milk is also an option.
- Vegetable oils such as canola, corn, olive, peanut, and soybean: These are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Use in moderate amounts in place of solid fats.
- Seafood: Include a variety of seafood more often in place of meat and poultry.
And, they recommend that we eat less of the following: added sugars, solid fats (including trans fats), refined grains, and sodium.
Visit the American Dietetic Association's website for more suggestions and healthy/yummy recipes.
Browse the Library's non-fiction shelves in the 641 call number section to find lots of cookbooks with lots of colorful recipes.
Colbern Road Branch