Get Your Plate in Shape
March is National Nutrition Month
In observance of National Nutrition Month in March, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center offers the following tips to encourage healthy eating:
- At least twice a week, make fish and seafood the protein on your plate.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks, sweetened teas or coffees. Choose 100 % juice.
- Whether you are eating out, or at home, use portion control or smaller plates.
- Cook and eat at home more often so you know what you are eating.
- Track what you eat using a food journal or online food planner.
- Experiment with healthy recipes and healthier ingredient substitutions.
- Keep rinsed and cut up fruit and vegetables handy for grab and go snacks.
- Choose fat-free or low-fat milk or yogurt over cheese. Milk and yogurt are better sources of potassium and lower in sodium than cheese.
- Season foods with spices or herbs rather than salt.
- Use olive, canola or sunflower oils instead of butter or shortening when cooking.
"Don't forget that exercise and healthful eating are crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle," said Irene Pierce, the Health Department's Executive Director. "Choose activities you enjoy like going for a walk with your family, joining a sports team, dancing or playing with your children. If you don't have a full 30 minutes, carve out 10 minutes three times a day. Every bit adds up and health benefits increase the more active you are."
For more information and healthy recipes, visit: http://www.lakecountyil.gov/Health/resources/Pages/HealthEd.aspx.
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