Go Further with Food
The theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month in March is “Go Further with Food.” The key take away from this message is that all the foods we choose can make a difference in our lives and in the environment.
Tips to Go Further with Food
There are many instances throughout the day where we can go further with food. This could be starting the day off with a balanced breakfast instead of skipping it. Complete your morning routine and do not forget your breakfast. It does not matter if it is a quick bowl of oatmeal or a sit down spinach omelet with freshly squeezed orange juice. The important thing is to grab something in the morning that will help you go further with your day. If you already are good about eating breakfast, try adding in an extra serving of fruit or veggies! We all have room for improvement.
After you are done with your morning routine, pack your water bottle for the day. When we have our water with us, it is easier to stay hydrated throughout the day. Carrying a water bottle is like a constant reminder that we need to be drinking water frequently. If you are not a plain water type of person, add some fresh fruit or herbs to change it up!
When it comes to planning, having a plan can help us go further with food and really is the key to success! Plan your lunches for work. It could be for the week that you plan and pack these, or the night before. Find out what works best for you. Do you like including leftovers as part of your lunch? If so, nightly lunch prep maybe best for you! Do you like packing everything for the week on Sunday? If so, once a week lunch prep probably is best for you.
Even having a dinner plan is important and can help us make healthier choices. Write out the dinners you are going to have for the week in your planner, on a dry erase board or somewhere where you can see them. When we have a plan, we know exactly what we are going to do and it helps us go further with our healthy food choices. Fast food can be very tempting when we do not have plans for dinner and find ourselves crunched for time. If you plan a little, you will have dinner plans that you can count on.
For those of you who work out, you probably know the importance of fueling up before exercising. It is very important to have a nutritious snack prior and maybe even after your workout. This allows you to workout harder and smarter. Going to the gym on an empty stomach is like a car with no gas. It is not going to get you very far. Stock your desk, car, purse, or gym bag with nutritious snacks that will get you through a great workout.
Going Further with Food and Reducing Food Waste
When it comes to food, we can make healthier choices throughout the day and we can reduce food waste. Start with your grocery list and only buy foods that you will use throughout the week. Stick to the grocery list you take with you to the store and do not be tempted to buy other items not on the list.
Buying in bulk can be enticing because you typically save money on bulk items, but if you are not going to use those items and they go bad, you are not getting a deal in the end. You are losing money and are creating food waste. If you have a large family or know you will use the bulk items, then it is a great option.
Plan your meals with leftovers in mind. If you have extra marinated chicken breast from dinner, have a plan to use that up over the next few days for lunches. You can top salad with the chicken or make a quick chicken salad for a sandwich. Schedule one night a week when it is a “leftover night” and dinner is any leftover from that week.
Think about what you would like to do this March to go further with the food you choose. Strive to make healthier food choices that will take you further while being mindful of food waste.