March is National Nutrition Month here in the States. Brought to you every year by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), this year’s theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape.” With shorts season right around the corner, March is a great time to focus on eating better to help shed extra pounds. So overhaul your plate this month – and add more apples, of course!
Academy experts offer several ways to get your plate in shape, including making half of that plate fruits and veggies, and being physically active “your way.” Specifically, WebMD blogger and Registered Dietitian David Grotto advises actually downsizing that plate to nine inches or less in diameter, and eating more slowly so that your brain has time to register that you’re full.
How can you get more fresh apples on your plate, starting now?
- Breakfast: Add diced apples to your oatmeal, dry cereal or yogurt. No time to prepare? Grab a whole apple or pre-cut slices to eat on the go.
- Lunch: Dice apples into your tuna or chicken salad, slice them over your turkey sandwich, or serve wedges as a side.
- Dinner: Wow your family with a variety of apple-centric entrees, or save the best for last with baked apples for dessert.
- Snacks: Satisfy your sweet tooth with a naturally sweetened apple, or substitute baked apple chips for fatty fried chips.
Make sure to leave the peel on – apple peels are a rich source of fiber and health-promoting antioxidants.
H-apple-y National Nutrition Month to you!
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