March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign that focuses on increasing awareness toward healthful eating, physical activity, and making informed food choices
Throughout the month, the general public is encouraged to participate in small impactful changes for positive health and well-being.
This year’s theme, “Celebrate a World of Flavors,” embraced global food culture and inclusivity.
At Feeding Westchester, we strive to provide access to foods and resources that not only nourish our neighbors in need but also consider the cultural needs of the diverse communities.
This years’ theme encouraged us to practice healthful eating and physical activity while celebrating the melting pot of culture and traditions throughout the world.
Here are some of the suggestions for you to continue celebrating the world’s diversity of flavors throughout the rest of the year:
Start by varying your breakfast, or any meal, to include foods and flavors from around the world.
Try sharing culturally unique recipes, cooking techniques, and ingredients with family and friends to expand your knowledge or build your food culture horizon.
Adding fruits and veggies is a great way to add color, flavor, and texture to your meals.
It also provides a variety of vitamins and minerals. Whether fresh, frozen, or canned, coloring your plate is key to a healthful diet.
Preparing food at home can be healthier since you are in control of the ingredients, how it is prepared, and portion sizes.
It’s also a great way to spend time with your loved ones. Learn how to mince garlic or try your hand at a tasty culturally diverse recipe such as Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos.
Protein isn’t just animal-based. Beans, peas, lentils, seeds, nuts, and whole grains are all great plant-based substitutes. Not only are they healthy but they can also be cost-effective.
Try at least 1 meatless meal a week and make it a goal to personalize your plate to include recipes and/or ingredients from other cultures.
Getting enough fluid each day ensures your body can carry out important functions like preventing infections, maintaining a proper body temperature, and getting rid of bodily wastes such as sweat, urine, and bowel movements.
Plain water is generally best for staying hydrated however, other healthy beverages include low-fat milk, 100% fruit or vegetable juice, and plain coffee or teas.
Regular physical activity can be beneficial to overall health.
Build physical activity into your daily routine by taking a 15-minute walk after dinner or participating in an app workout.
Culinary tours or food tours are unique experiences that showcase the history and culture of a specific city or country, through food tastings.
It’s a great opportunity to sample an unfamiliar cuisine without having to dive into a full-fledged meal. Moreover, it’s a great opportunity to socialize and connect with others.
Have any questions about nutrition? Email Feeding Westchester’s Nutrition Resource Manager, Monique Marshall at email@example.com.