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March 10, 2014

National Nutrition Month®: Week 2 Healthy Living Tips

It's Week 2 of our National Nutrition Month® 31 Days of Healthy Living Challenge. Stay connected with us this month on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for access to more tips and recipes.

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Go Green

Eat green foods such as spinach, broccoli, collard greens, kiwis, and limes. These are high in fiber, rich in nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, potassium, and magnesium, and can help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.

Follow Food Safety Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly one in six Americans gets sick from foodborne disease each year. Reduce your chances of getting sick by practicing proper hand washing. Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from ready-to-eat foods like bread and vegetables. Use a food  thermometer to make sure food is properly cooked.

Warm Up with Spices

Take the chill off with warming spices. Did you know certain spices can actually make you feel warmer on a cold day? Try recipes featuring cardamom, chili, cinnamon, cumin, curry, garlic, peppercorn or turmeric.

Eat Out Smart

You can dine at a restaurant and stick to your healthy eating plan! The key is to plan ahead, ask questions and choose foods carefully. Think about nutritious items you can add to your plate—fruits,
veggies, lean meat, poultry or fish—and look for grilled, baked, broiled or steamed items.

Enact Family Meal Time

Research shows that family meals promote healthier eating. Plan to eat with friends or family at least a few times each week. Set a regular mealtime and turn off the TV, phones and other electronic devices to encourage mealtime talk.

Drink More Water

Our bodies depend on water to regulate temperature, transport nutrients and oxygen to cells, carry away waste products and more. For generally healthy people, it is recommended that women consume about 9 cups and men consume 13.

Shave 100 Calories A Day

Achieve and maintain a healthy weight by making small changes that can cut calories. Use low-fat or skim milk in your coffee, trim fat from meat, try sorbet or frozen fruit instead of ice cream, and dip veggies in salsa instead of chips.

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