Every March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is Go Further with Food. There are many ways you can take your food further.
1. Meal Plan and Prep
Include meal prepping or planning in your weekly routine. Meal prepping doesn’t have to be a hard activity and certainly doesn’t have to be too time consuming. A few small steps can go a long way.
Take an hour of your time on Sunday to wash, cut and divide out fresh fruits and vegetables. This way, when you are ready to pack your lunch or snacks you can grab individual containers and go.
You can also do things like grill a couple of extra pounds of chicken that way you can throw already prepared, chopped chicken into a tortilla to make a wrap, or make a tossed chicken salad. Doing these types of things will help you take your food further and save you money at the grocery store.
2. Prevent Food Waste
Do you ever feel like you throw away lots of produce that has gone bad too fast? Help prevent food waste by planning out which meal you will have next based on what fresh produce needs to be used the fastest! For example, if you have ripened avocados and lettuce in the fridge, perhaps chose a Mexican dish for dinner; it could be tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, etc. Be creative! You can leave the meals with less fresh produce until later in the week. This will help you take your groceries further!
3. Fuel Your Body
Help yourself go further by choosing foods that will fuel your body in a healthy way. Try consuming a healthy breakfast full of whole grains, protein, fruits and/or vegetables. You can also eat a snack that contains both carbohydrates and protein before you work out to give you energy to get through your workout! Post exercise; try consuming foods higher in protein to help you rebuild your energy and replenish those tired muscles.
4. Try New Foods
Get out of your comfort zone and try a different cuisine and expand your taste palate. The more you know about different foods, the further you can take foods that you may have thought are boring and unappetizing. For example, you may feel lentils are a foreign food and you don’t know how to cook them properly. But, if you try a few Ethiopian dishes you may find that lentils are very good when cooked with certain spices. It is important and fun to try new foods!
Throughout the month of March try to focus on how you can make your food good further, and remember: food is meant to nurture our bodies and it is meant to be enjoyed.
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