Until recently, the American Heart Association used to celebrate National Eating Healthy Day to raise awareness of health, nutrition and making better food choices. Now, the entire month of November is celebrated as Eat Smart Month. The goal is to inspire Americans to make small changes and take simple steps to eat healthier.
In the spirit of Eating Healthy Day, today is a great opportunity to begin some new habits that could last all month, and perhaps lead to an overall diet and lifestyle change.
“Adopting healthy behaviors — whether it’s increasing physical activity or eating healthier —happens one day at a time,” said Dr. Rachel K. Johnson, chair of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee. “If you devote one day to healthy eating, you will know you can do it again and learn to enjoy it! By adopting a healthier diet, you will not only add years to your life, but you’ll improve the quality of the years you have.”
And remember: eating healthier doesn’t mean you have to give up all the foods you love. Get rid of some of the junk food, and instead, give your body the vitamins and nutrition it needs. Little by little, you will start to see a difference in how you look and feel.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Adding for fruits and vegetables to your daily diet is an easy way to make a change. Here are a few easy, practical tips to improve the way your family eats and add some extra flavor to your favorite meals:
- Try a meatless meal once a week. Sipipa has a lot of great vegetarian options!
- A lot of fruits and veggies are easy to pack and eat. Tuck some into your child’s lunchbox or our work bag to avoid vending machine temptations.
- Add extra veggies to sandwiches, salads, soups, stews and casseroles. Consider tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots, onions, peppers, zucchini, squash and beet. Fruits like sliced avocado, apple and pear are always great choices too.
- Stock up on frozen and canned fruits and vegetables as an easy side when you throw a meal together in a hurry. You can add frozen peas or broccoli to rice, heat up corn or green beans as a side.
- Wash and cut up fruit and snackable veggies before you put them in the fridge. Let your kids pick out what they want from the grocery produce aisle, and when they want a snack, encourage them to grab blueberries, strawberries, grapes, watermelon, peaches, small oranges, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, snap peas, edamame or another favorite. Also, keep bananas, apples and other fruit in a reachable spot on your kitchen counter or table.
- Add more fruit to your favorite breakfast. Top your yogurt, oatmeal or cereal with berries or sliced fruit. Or add peppers, spinach or mushrooms to eggs.