Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? Yes, a whole month dedicated to healthy eating and nutrition beyond fad diets and hot trends. When it comes to healthy eating we often look at short-term goals like weight loss and energy levels. However, the long-term benefits of proper nutrition should not be ignored. A whole food-focused diet has been proven to prevent chronic diseases including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. When you add whole foods to your diet you naturally crowd out processed ingredients which leads to you living your best life, while looking and feeling great!
An easy way to make sure you’re eating the right foods is to think about how you’ll fill your plate. Healthy eating doesn’t just happen, it takes planning and preparation. My recommendation, fill at least 1/2 of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, ¼ with lean organic protein, ¼ with complex carbohydrates, and add a tablespoon or so of fat. This combination allows for adequate intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, fiber and keeps your calories and blood sugar levels in check until your next meal.
Need some ideas? Consult our food lists below and start creating your personalized plate at your very next meal!
Non-Starchy Veggies: asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, lettuces, greens, fennel, tomato, radish, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms
Lean Proteins: Chicken, beef, turkey, shellfish, seafood, tuna, tofu, tempeh, seitan, eggs, beans.
Complex carbohydrates: Sweet potato, quinoa, brown rice, farro, barley, winter squash, corn, peas, whole-grain breads/tortillas, baked goods, even french fries!
Fats: olives, avocado, olive oil, avocado oil, cheese, nuts/seeds