National Nutrition Month ®

You may be a nutrition nerd if your clothes coordinate with your nutrition education lesson! 😀

Yesterday, I spread the word about National Nutrition Month to members of a weight loss class at the outpatient health clinic I contribute time to as a volunteer. I’ve volunteered at this clinic for over two years, working closely with an RD.  She has allowed me to take ownership of several nutrition related projects, but this time she let me loose on her patients! O_o Really, I was fine. I had a fabulous time.  At the end of the lesson I realized I barely used my notes.  The patients were so appreciative, fun, and motivated to make healthier choices.  I love sharing what I know, but it was especially thrilling to share it with such a enthusiastic audience.

National Nutrition Month is celebrated in March and this year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!” This year the enjoyment of healthy foods is emphasized. The theme promotes combining taste and nutrition into healthy meals. I used this theme as inspiration, building my nutrition education lesson around it. My lesson was titled “Bring on the Flavor: Healthy Taste…healthy waist.” The objective of this lesson was to instruct participants on how to flavor foods in a healthy way. I specifically taught the class members how to use salt-free herb and spice combinations to enhance the flavor of food so that they can decrease or eliminate the use of salt, sugar, or fat when flavoring foods. I also taught the class members how to make “Fruity Ice Cubes,” which are a healthy way to enhance water and decrease the intake of added sugars from beverages. For this portion of the class I did a live demonstration with a taste test and these were an instant hit!!! The ladies in the class just Oooo’d and Ahhhhh’d over these! I’m so excited I was able to give them a new approach to lively up their H2O!

These fruit ice cubes are all over the internet. So, I must give credit where credit is due. I was inspired by this recipe from MOMables.

 

See easy as 1…2…3! I used an unsweetened frozen fruit medley of peaches, mango, strawberries, and raspberries.

It’s the final week of National Nutrition Month! How will you Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right?  

 

 

 

 

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