Fuel for the Future
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year's theme is "Fuel for the Future." No matter your age or activity level, making healthful food and drink choices will provide your body with energy now and fuel for the future. Plus, the benefits of eating healthfully can add up over time.
Here are some ways to Fuel for the Future:
Eat with the environment in mind. Buying foods in season and shopping locally, when possible, benefits the planet and may also help keep food costs down. Enjoying more plant-based meals and snacks is another option.
Stay nourished and save money. When food prices increase, buying healthful foods may not feel like a priority. Yet, many healthful foods are filling, cost less overall and help to reduce the chances of developing chronic diseases. Planning before shopping can go a long way in choosing affordable, satisfying, and nutritious foods.
Eat a variety of foods from all food groups. Choosing various fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy products is essential since foods differ in the nutrients they provide. Follow MyPlate's daily recommendations for each food group to get the nutrients needed at each life stage. For more information: https://www.myplate.gov
- Make tasty foods at home. One way to eat healthier and save money is to learn cooking and meal preparation skills. Find creative ways to use leftovers rather than tossing them.