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March 25, 2013

31 Days of Healthy Living: Week 5

Congratulations, you made it to the LAST WEEK of National Nutrition Month®.

We hope you've found these tips and ideas helpful and that you've been able to create healthy habits that will not only last for the rest of the month but for years to come.

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013
Meat Free Monday 
Get creative in the kitchen tonight and make a tasty vegetarian meal. Try cooking up vegetarian chili or lasagna, be adventurous with a veggie burger or soy hot dog, or make a tofu stir-fry with fresh or frozen vegetables.

Catch some Zzzz’s 

Research shows that people who get the least amount of sleep tend to gain weight faster and are more likely to become obese than those sleeping more. Along with reducing the chance of weight gain, sleep will keep you sharp and feeling ready to go throughout the day!

Be Heart Healthy 

Follow a heart healthy diet to reduce your risk of heart disease by reducing sodium, balancing your calories with physical activity, and eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products.

Don’t Fall for the Fads 

Keep an eye out for fad diets and diets promising results that are too good to be true. Rapid weight loss, cutting out entire food groups and rigid menus are all unrealistic and short-lived.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013
Shave 100 Calories A Day 

Achieve and maintain a healthy weight by making small changes that can cut calories. Use fat-free creamer in your coffee, trim fat from meat and poultry, try sorbet or frozen fruit instead of ice cream, and dip veggies in salsa instead of chips. Small lifestyle changes can make the biggest difference in the end!

Fill Your Plate With Flavor, Not Salt 

Reduce your sodium intake by flavoring foods with herbs and spices, using lemon or vinegar for sauces, soups and salads.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013
Give yourself a pat on the back!

This month has been full of new ideas and challenges to help you adopt a healthy lifestyle. Keep up the great work!

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