National Nutrition Month: Celebrate a World of Flavors

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March is National Nutrition Month! It’s a time to celebrate the importance of nutrients and the many ways they make our lives better.

This year, National Nutrition Month’s theme is “Celebrate a World of Flavors.” This theme is to encourage people to appreciate the diversity in society while still nourishing ourselves. We are all unique and come from different backgrounds that are expressed through the food we eat.

Food and Culture – What’s the Connection?

The type of food a person eats reflects their culture.

Culture is the “way of life” of groups of people. It can be as big as a country’s culture to as small as your immediate family’s culture. Culture is passed down from generation to generation and can be seen in one’s writing, religion, music, clothes, and of course – food!

How To Stay Healthy and Diverse?

You can have healthy habits and appreciate different cultures at the same time. Here are a few different healthy dishes from around the World that you can try this month1:

Breakfast:

  • Vegetable upma, an Asian Indian dish, that can be made with semolina or rice, spiced with ginger and other seasonings.
  • A smoothie with low-fat yogurt or buttermilk and tropical fruits, like papaya or mango.

Meals:

  • Spring rolls, a Vietnamese dish that’s served cold with a dipping sauce and includes fresh vegetables and a protein, such as tofu, stuffed inside thin sheets of rice paper.
  • Munggo gisado is a stew native to the Philippines, featuring mung beans, leafy greens, and seafood.

Snacks:

  • Raw veggies with hummus or tzatziki, which is a creamy yogurt-based dressing made with cucumbers, garlic, and dill.
  • Baba ganouj, a mixture made of roasted eggplant and tahini, which is a sesame seed paste, served with whole wheat pita bread.

Try something new this month that you usually wouldn’t eat. You may be surprised that you like a certain style of food that you never would have explored before!

Chronic Conditions and Nutrition

If you have a chronic condition, a carefully planned diet can make a huge difference. This applies for food from all cultures. With certain diseases, what you eat may reduce some symptoms. In other cases, diet can improve health. Although your diet might differ depending on your condition and lifestyle, there are three healthy eating plan tips that will work for diabetes, heart health, cancer prevention and weight management:

  • Eat meals and snacks regularly (at planned times).
  • Eat about the same amount of food at each meal or snack.
  • Choose healthful foods to support a healthy weight and heart.

We Can Help You

Tria Health’s Pharmacy Advocate Program offers one-on-one, private consultations with a Tria Health Pharmacist. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. We also have health coaches available that can help you explore different dietary choices.

Questions?

Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742

Resources

  1. https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/toolkit

2. https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month

National Nutrition Month

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National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Key Goals for the Month2

  1. Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day.
  2. Plan your meals each week.
  3. Learn skills to create tasty meals.
  4. Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) to develop a healthy eating plan.

How to Participate

If you want to start eating healthier, there are many ways to get involved in National Nutrition Month.

  • Find inspiration: If you are bored with your recipes, try out a new cookbook. Pinterest is also a great place to look to discover new healthy recipes.1
  • Add color: Put natural color on your plate such as bright greens from vegetables or reds from tangy fruit.1
  • Pack your lunch: According to Harvard Health Publishing, by packing your own lunch you can better control portion sizes.1
  • Meet with a Registered Dietician Nutritionist: They can provide you with a personalized meal plan that fits your lifestyle. 1
  • Physical activity: Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  • Keep it simple: Eating right does not have to be complicated.3
  • Select healthier options when eating away from home.3

Healthy Recipes

When we eat nourishing foods, we feel better. To celebrate National Nutrition Month, check out these 10 delicious healthy recipes: 10 Healthy Recipes To Celebrate National Nutrition Month | HuffPost Canada (huffingtonpost.ca)

Chronic Conditions and Nutrition

If you have a chronic condition, a carefully planned diet can make a difference. With certain diseases, what you eat may reduce symptoms. In other cases, diet can improve health. Although your diet might differ depending on your condition and lifestyle, there are three keys to a healthy eating plan that will work for diabetes, heart health, cancer prevention and weight management:

  • Eat meals and snacks regularly (at planned times).
  • Eat about the same amount of food at each meal or snack.
  • Choose healthful foods to support a healthy weight and heart.

Questions?

Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH – March 2021 | National Today
  2. National Nutrition Month (eatright.org)
  3. National Nutrition Month Toolkit (eatright.org)

National Nutrition Month

Bowls of fruit and oatmeal
Image Source: Melissa Belanger/Unsplash

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

How can you get involved?1

  • Choose foods and drinks that are good for your health.
  • Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  • Select healthier options when eating away from home.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you.
  • Keep it simple. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated.
  • Make food safety part of your everyday routine.
  • Help to reduce food waste by considering the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  • Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.

Looking for healthy recipes?

In honor of National Nutrition Month, Tria Health has assembled some of our favorite nutritional recipes:

Chronic Conditions and Nutrition

If you have a chronic condition, a carefully planned diet can make a difference. With certain diseases, what you eat may reduce symptoms. In other cases, diet can improve health. Although your diet might differ depending on your condition and lifestyle, there are three keys to a healthy eating plan that will work for diabetes, heart health, cancer prevention and weight management:

  • Eat meals and snacks regularly (at planned times).
  • Eat about the same amount of food at each meal or snack.
  • Choose healthful foods to support a healthy weight and heart.

Have any questions? Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742.

Source:

  1. https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/national-nutrition-month-celebration-toolkit

National Nutrition Month: Are You Ready to Eat Right?

Healthy breakfast food
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What is National Nutrition Month?

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

What Can I Do to Get Involved?

There are a lot of different ways you can get involved with National Nutrition Month. You can either participate alone or with a group, here are a few ideas on how you can get started:

  • Commit to trying a new fruit or vegetable each week during National Nutrition Month.
  • Start a vegetable garden by planting seeds indoors or outside.
  • Take a trip to a farmers market or local farm.
  • Organize a healthy potluck, making sure each of the food groups is represented.

View more ideas HERE.

Chronic Conditions and Nutrition

If you have a chronic condition, a carefully planned diet can make a difference. With certain diseases, what you eat may reduce symptoms. In other cases, diet can improve health. Although your diet might differ depending on your condition and lifestyle, there are three keys to a healthy eating plan that will work for diabetes, heart health, cancer prevention and weight management:

  • Eat meals and snacks regularly (at planned times).
  • Eat about the same amount of food at each meal or snack.
  • Choose healthful foods to support a healthy weight and heart.

 

Have any questions? Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742.