Get your plate in shape

March 5, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme is “Get your Plate in Shape.”
Here are few things you can do this month to get your plate in shape:

  1. Load your plate with naturally healthy foods such a whole grains, fruits & vegetables.  Beware of foods that sound healthy but truly aren’t.  Labels that state “low-fat,” “gluten-free,” or “all-natural” may not be healthy.  Many are loaded with added sugars or saturated fat.  Look at the Nutrition Facts panel and ingredient lists before buying foods today.
  2. Go  for the grain…whole grain that is. Choose 100% whole grain breads, brown rice, barley, oats and other whole grain foods in place of refined choices.
  3. Start your day out right.  Choose a nutritious breakfast like eggs, hot or cold cereal with fruit or whole grain toast with nut butter.  Breakfasts that provide protein and/or fiber will help keep you fuller longer.
  4. Think about what you drink. Sugary beverages are the number one source of added sugars in our diet.   Stick to water, coffee, tea and fat-free or low-fat milk for your beverages.
  5. Spend at least 15 minutes outside when possible.  Go for a refreshing walk. Exercising outside helps improve mood and will help temper your stress hormones so that you’re less likely to suffer from anxiety-induced hunger.



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