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March 17, 2014

National Nutrition Month®: Week 3 Healthy Living Tips

Can you believe it is already the third week in March?! How are you doing with the 31 Days of Healthy Living Challenge?

Here are the tips for this week. Don't forget to share them with your followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out the FULL version of the
31 Days of Healthy Living calendar

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 may be unrealistic and

Explore New Foods and Flavors

Add more nutrition and eating pleasure by expanding your range of food choices. When shopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you or your family. Try restaurants that feature international cuisine, or find new flavors at community food festivals.

Diets Don't Work

Many people who lose weight on a diet gain it back when they “stop” the diet. Instead, make long-term lifestyle changes to see an improvement in your health.

Get In Your Antioxidants

Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. They protect our bodies from cellular damage, help to prevent cancer and keep our immune system strong.

Choose Chia

Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. Blend them into smoothies, sprinkle them on salads, or add them to quick bread or pancake batter for added nutrition.

Pack Your Snacks

When a snack attack strikes, you may be at work, on-the-go, or simply not in the mood to chop up fresh vegetables for a snack. The solution? When making dinner, take a few minutes to chop up some extra carrots, celery and bell peppers and put them in bags for later, so they’re ready when hunger strikes.

Obtain Omegas

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for proper functioning of the human body. You can get Omega-3 fats from fish, flax seeds, walnuts, canola oil and even vegetables (kale and brussels sprouts).

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