National Nutrition Month is in March and Sara Clement with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina shows us how to Personalize Your Plate in this new article. Plus, you’ll find a quick and easy recipe for Salmon Salad.
National Nutrition Month
By Sara Clement, RDN, LD
March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is Personalize Your Plate! There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, background, and tastes! Below are four ways to help make healthy choices and Personalize Your Plate.
1. Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day! Include healthful foods from all food groups, hydrate your body, learn how to read Nutrition Facts label, avoid distractions while eating, and take time to enjoy your food.
2. Plan your meals each week! Use a grocery list when shopping, be menu-savvy when dining out, choose healthful recipes to make during the week, enjoy healthy choices eating at work and at school, and plan healthful eating with traveling.
3. Learn skills to create tasty meals! Keep healthful ingredients on hand, practice proper home food safety, share meals together as a family when possible, reduce food waste, and try new flavors and foods.
4. Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)! Ask your doctor for a referral to an RDN, receive personalized nutrition advice to meet your goals, thrive through the transformation power of food and nutrition.
Information from eatright.org
Quick & Easy Salmon Salad Recipe
Enjoy this recipe for Salmon Salad from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
Healthy Recipe Videos
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has put together a series of healthy recipe videos that are available to watch on YouTube.com HERE.
About the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina: The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for 40 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 900 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington.
The Food Bank not only feeds those who are hungry; but also works to benefit community health. That’s why, in 2016, the Food Bank launched a Community Health & Engagement Department. With two nutritionists on staff, the Food Bank shares recipes, healthy tips, and other resources for partner agencies and neighbors in need. The on-site teaching kitchen in Raleigh offers cooking demonstrations and nutrition education to highlight easy, quick, and low-cost recipes using healthful foods like whole grains, fresh produce, low fat dairy, and lean meats.
Monthly Articles from the Food Bank
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina shares regular articles about nutrition and health education so we know what to look for when we head to the grocery store and plan our healthy meals.
February 2020 Article: New changes to the food label guidelines
March 2020 Article: Bite by Bite: Small changes can have a cumulative healthful effect
April 2020 Article: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic
June 2020 Article: How to Freeze Fresh Summer Vegetables
July 2020 Article: Tips for Grilling Vegetables and Fruit
August 2020 Article: Sauces, Condiments & Seasonings
September 2020 Article: Healthy Meals During a Hurricane
October 2020 Article: Everyday Beans
November 2020 Article: Eight Tips for a Healthy Holiday
December 2020 Article: Pantry Storage & Food Safety
January 2021 Article: New Years Resolutions: 10 Simple Steps for a Healthier 2021