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Have you heard? March is National Nutrition Month!

By Megan Kian

As Jessica shared with you last year, National Nutrition Month® is a campaign created by the American Dietetic Association that serves to inform and educate the public about forming healthy eating habits.

Since its start in 1973, NNM® has had several themes, including “Eat Smart, Stay Healthy” in 2004, “Eat Right” in 2009, and “Nutrition From the Ground Up” in 2010. This year’s theme, “Eat Right with Color,” is about helping people obtain the nutrients they need from colorful foods.

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When “Eating Right with Color” your meals should be filled with an array of color, the majority of which should come from fruit and vegetables. (Yellow cheese sauce isn’t what we’re talking about!) For example, some of the fruits and vegetables featured in the “Eat Right with Color” logo (shown above) are watermelon, yellow peppers, carrots, and avocado. But fruit and vegetables aren’t the only colorful foods you should have on your plate. You can get brown and tan foods from whole grains, white foods from white meat poultry and eggs, and orange foods include salmon and trout. This year’s theme is perfectly timed with the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, which emphasize filling half your plate with fruit and vegetables, increasing whole grains, and consuming more seafood.

Join the fun and check out the ideas and activities the American Dietetic Association put together to help you “Eat Right with Color.”

How are you eating right with color?

American Dietetic Association Conference Recap

Last week I was at the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Boston. Over 10,000 dietitians from around the country got together to learn, network, and check out the latest food products. If you were following me on Twitter, you probably saw many posts from my 4 days away, and if you didn’t, check out #FNCE to see what everyone was tweeting.

Here is a (very) brief rundown of the highlights of my trip:

  • Tweetups. I had the opportunity to have dinner with some of my Twitter friends in person, including Emma, Janel, Corinne, Robyn, Jill, and Deanna (and more!). It was so much fun to meet these great dietitians who I already felt like I knew!
  • Going green. One of the best sessions I attended was the Green Revolution presented by Kate Geagan and Jackie Newgent. These women are so passionate about the topic and it really came through in their presentation, including a cooking demo. Among other things, I learned from Kate that dairy and beef are the two most important food categories to eat organic, and Jackie taught us some great ways to be eco-friendly when cooking. I especially loved Jackie’s green cuisine terminology like “microroasting” and “lid cooking.”
  • Food, glorious food. It took me 3 days to get through the entire food expo and check out new (and old) food favorites. There were many “nutrition bars” featured, including new flavors of Lara and Cliff bars; people were going nuts for pistachios, almonds, and my friends at the walnut booth; avocados were hot, especially red velvet avocado cupcakes!; and “gluten-free” and “natural” are two buzz words that you can plan on seeing more of in the next year.
  • Kids Eat Right. The ADA and the ADA Foundation announced their new initiative, Kids Eat Right, at the conference. The primary goal of the campaign is to prevent childhood obesity and promote healthy eating in kids and teens.

Have you ever been to a food conference?

Wednesday Wonders: National Nutrition Month®

This week I have a Wednesday Wonder for you!

Q: Do you know what March is in the nutrition world?

A: It’s National Nutrition Month®! (Yes, I know, the answer was in the headline!) Every March the American Dietetic Association sponsors National Nutrition Month®(NNM), a nutrition education and information campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to educate the public about the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. It’s also about promoting and reminding the media and the public that  registered dietitians are the nutrition experts and the most credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.

This year’s theme for NNM® is Nutrition From the Ground Up, the basic premise of which is that healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and nuts. A healthy eating plan is also low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars. (Sounds a little like my nutritioulicious™ beliefs!) The ADA has some great resources for NNM®, including recipes, handouts, and information about what an RD can do for you.

Happy Nutrition Month!!!

Do you have a Wednesday Wonder you’d like answered? If so, email me at jessica@nutritioulicious.com!