Happy National Nutrition Month all!
This year, the theme for NNM is 'Enjoy the taste of eating right!', and I just love that sentiment because food tastes great. There are a plethora of flavors out there, and as an honest foodie, it makes me sad when I hear about people being addicted to three things: salt, sugar, fat. This isn't because they don't have interesting flavor properties, it's because they tend to dominate, and start to slowly drown out a lot of other amazing flavors.
Real food tastes great. Real herbs, spices, produce, eggs, cheese, poultry/meat/fish. And the list goes on... All great. The awesome bonus to this is the role that good food can play in meeting health goals. That means that your health goals can be reached by eating real, whole foods. This is not an accident. I always joke to patients that if they were busy eating their recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, they'd have little room for 'the crap'. We laugh together, but I mean it.
Learning how to properly grocery shop, stock a pantry, make a meal out of a few basic ingredients, and utilize a few basic knife and cooking techniques are essential life tools. Essential life tools that become part of your roadmap to 'eating right'.
Some great resources I love to help get you there!
- Supermarket Savvy: A virtual tool for healthier shopping aimed at consumers, chefs, and RDNs!
- Meal Makeover Moms: Two RDN's that have dedicated their careers to developing family-friend cookbooks and spreading the news on necessary tools for a healthy kitchen.
- MyPlate Healthy Eating on a Budget: From the MyPlate messaging, tip sheets and tools to help with meal planning for the budget-conscious household.
- Fruits and Veggies More Matters: This public health campaign is the most important thing you can learn for meal planning. And seasonality matters. I beg you to check out the site and use their tools!
- Whole Foods Healthy Cooking Guide: Great tools for the visual learner - watch their healthier cooking videos to master new kitchen techniques and use their whole grains guide to rotate in new options.
- Healthy Aperture: A foodie-nutrition community of health & food bloggers that have uploaded their recipes with beautiful photos. Your new free cookbook complete with professional input.
- Fruitable: Ever wonder how to pick and store fruits and vegetables? Use this website (launching an app soon!) to figure it out!
Have any other ones to add to the list?! Happy cooking, and more importantly, happy healthy eating!