National Nutrition Month is the time of year to get perspective and focus on issues pertaining to your nutrition and health. Today, March 9th, just so happens to be Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, a day to celebrate the contributions of dietitians all around the country.
Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian and author of Plant-Powered for Life says that “no matter what your eating style, you can gain more health benefits by filling up your plate with at least three-fourths plant foods, such as beans, lentils, whole grains, like quinoa, brown rice, and farro; vegetables, and fruits.
“Combining foods is so important for increasing your metabolism and controlling hunger better” says Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN, sports dietitian and weight management specialist, founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. “When you combine foods such as a carbohydrate and protein, you will feel more full and satisfied than if you just ate one of the foods by itself.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen, values family meal times with her loved ones. “As I have school-aged children and their weeknight schedules are hectic, I make a point to eat breakfast each morning together with my kids.
Heather Mangieri, RDN, CSSD, owner of Nutrition CheckUp in Pittsburgh, PA and Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics acknowledges the fact that “we are all busy. Work, school, extracurricular activities and house work are realities for many families, but they should never be at the expense of your health.”