How to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” during National Nutrition Month®

Yakima, WA – March is National Nutrition Month®!  This month-long observance is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, focusing on the importance of making healthy, informed food choices as well as developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The 2017 theme “Put Your Best Fork Forward”, serves as a reminder that each of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices. The Academy Members goal each March is to help in guiding the public to gradually shift to healthier eating and life styles that will improve health now and further into the future. 

People can become overwhelmed when trying to eat healthy, but it is fairly easy if you just do one thing at a time to get yourself to where you need to be.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

We should be making food choices based on items that are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients, are lower in calories, and are low in saturated and trans fats.

APPLES fit this category perfectly!   Apples are rich in antioxidant phytonutrients flavonoids and polyphenolics, compounds that help the body protect from harmful effects of free radicals.  They also carry small quantities of minerals like potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Apples are rich in dietary fiber and vitamin’s, they have good quantities of vitamin-c and beta-carotene, as well as B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin b-6).  They are low in calories and sodium and have no saturated or Trans fats. 

Apples are fantastic for cooking, but the best part is they make for a really easy, quick snack for those of us that have busy lives and have a harder time planning out healthy eating.  There are over 7,500 known apple varieties out there, so variety will never be an issue.  Do you know what your favorite variety is?  Borton Fruit would like to encourage you to figure that out!  Keep trying different apples until you find that perfect one that fits your taste buds, and increase your apple consumption during National Nutrition Month®.

For more information and guidance on how to gradually implement healthy eating and lifestyle habits, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics site .



Posted March 15, 2017

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