A Few Easy Habits
March is National Nutrition Month. What we eat matters to our health but it also has immediate benefits. A good diet helps with having a more positive mood and having more energy. It also helps us perform better at school and work. I don’t think any of us disagree that eating healthy is a plus but changing habits can be challenging.
There are several small shifts that you can make that will have a big difference. Three of these include reducing sodium intake, eating more vegetables, and choosing 1% milk. Make a healthy choice with these habits.
Habit 1: Cut Your Sodium
We eat too much salt because it is hidden in the foods we eat. This 1-for-1 tool makes it easy to make an informed choice at the grocery store. Use the food label to check your salt. Just match your sodium and calories, 1 calorie for 1mg of sodium. If you eat an average of 2,000 calories and follow this guide, you will eat the right amount of sodium. It’s that easy!
You can also reduce your sodium by using low-salt recipes created and tested by the ONIE Project Team. They are all affordable, quick, and easy to make! Many use spices instead of salt to add flavor! Just follow this link. Each recipe is 1 for 1 certified, meaning that sodium is not more than the number of calories per serving.
Habit 2: Eat More Veggies
Frozen veggies are a healthy family choice. They are low in salt, quick and easy, and frozen at peak freshness. The ONIE Project team often uses frozen veggies in our recipes. They are a real time saver—all the cutting and chopping has been done for you. Ready to give frozen veggies a try? Each of the following ONIE recipes include a frozen vegetable and can be prepared in about 30 minutes.
View cooking demonstrations for these recipes on the ONIE webpage.
Habit 3: Choose 1% Milk
2% is not low-fat milk. 1% milk cuts the fat from 3 to 1.5 grams per cup and has all the vitamins and minerals of 2% milk. You can make a healthy choice for your family by choosing 1% milk. 1% milk is also recommended for kids age 2 and older.
Join us in celebrating National Nutrition Month by making informed choices and developing healthier habits.
The ONIE Project Team