National Nutrition Month
Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help reduce food loss and waste. For National Nutrition Month® 2018, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to "Go Further with Food."
Preparing several meals on the weekends can provide balanced meals that can easily be reheated throughout the week. It's also a great way to eat healthfully, save time during the week and reduce food waste. After you choose a day to prepare meals, decide which recipes you want to use and create a grocery list. When possible, choose meals made with ingredients you already have at home to get the most out of your food.
To find a personalized plan that works best, consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) can help all consumers determine the lifestyle balance that provides our bodies with the nutrients we need and still eat the foods we enjoy the most. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.
BID-Plymouth Dietician, Marcia Richards offers the following idea and recipes to get started: First, purchase a precooked rotisserie chicken or cook your own in the broiler or fryer during the weekend or one your days off. Prepare stuffing, mashed potato, peas, and carrots as sides for this “starter” meal. The leftovers can be used to make a chicken pot pie, tarragon chicken sandwich, and chicken salad with herb dressing to have as lunch and dinners during the rest of the week.
You will find the recipe for chicken salad with herb dressing on Healthy Plymouth’s website along with many other healthy recipes.
For more information, visit healthyplymouth.org/nutrition/recipes.