RVNA Today: Go further with food

The foods you choose can make a difference in starting your day off right, fueling you for an athletic event, or keeping weight or a medical condition in check. March is National Nutrition Month, and it is worth taking stock of how you and your family eat. Many families have active and fast-paced lives, making eating healthfully a challenge. Revamp your family’s eating habits by prioritizing good nutrition.

Here are some tips from our registered dietitian and nutrition educator, Meg Whitbeck. Start each morning with a healthy breakfast.

In between meals, enjoy snacks like fruits and vegetables with plant-based protein like hummus, nuts and seeds to help maintain energy levels until your next mealtime.

Plan regular family meals throughout the week.

Breakfast is often a meal where everyone can be together, eating healthfully.

Modeling healthy habits will set your kids up for success in both dietary and emotional health. A few meals a week where kids can be involved in meal planning and prep is a plus.

When planning meals, half of your plate should consist of fruits and vegetables, which can be fresh or frozen. Fiber from fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains helps you feel full longer and can reduce the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. If you’re working to maintain a healthy weight, be aware of portion size as well as food choices, and know when you’ve had enough to eat. Reduce your consumption of food and drinks containing added sugars, which provide little or no nutritive value. Even when dining out, make smart food choices. Look for healthier options that are grilled, baked, broiled, or steamed instead of fried, buttered, creamed, or breaded. In general, try to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and drink more water.

Meg Whitbeck, at 203-438-5555, has more information.

Meg also runs classes and workshops on a variety of topics, which you can learn about by checking the RVNA website, ridgefieldvna.org.