March is National Nutrition Month, a month-long campaign focused on educating the public on the importance of informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Initially conceived as National Nutrition Week in 1973, the week became a month-long campaign as interest in nutrition grew in the 80’s. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the professional organization for Registered Dietitians), whose goal is to promote good nutrition and overall healthy lifestyle, chooses an annual theme. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food” and here are three ways to do just that:
- Go further with better fuel including breakfast, healthy snacks, and healthful meals. Start your day with a nourishing breakfast loaded with protein, fat (the good kind!), and complex carbs such as vegetables and whole grains. Be prepared by keeping nutritious snacks around instead of relying on vending machines or the office candy bowl.
- Prepare meals in advance. Weekend menu planning and organized grocery shopping can save time during the week and help get a leg up on preparing healthier meals in a pinch. Go ahead, peel your carrots ahead of time, chop your broccoli, marinate your chicken breasts in lemon and spices, all the prep will help you “go further”.
- Minimize food waste by storing food correctly, assessing what’s already in your fridge or pantry and meal planning. These simple steps can “further” positively impact the planet and your wallet!
SNP understands the importance of good food as fuel, solid meal planning, and minimizing waste. Preparing and serving fresh, healthy meals to thousands of students, providing seasonal menus to our school communities, and purchasing locally whenever possible are just a few of the ways we empower our students and “Go Further with Food”.
For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.