Take a trip to the farmer’s market, ditch the junk food in the pantry, and stock up on fruits and veggies — it’s National Nutrition Month. Since 1980, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has set aside the entire month of March to educate, celebrate, and help people develop healthy eating habits.
This year — the 40th annual celebration of National Nutrition Month — the theme is “Eat right, your way, every day.” That means choosing wholesome, smart meals regardless of individual preferences (that scary green stuff won’t kill ya, we promise), cultural traditions, or health issues. To make healthy eating a reality for everyone, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages the public to promote NNM with contests, flyers, school presentations, and other initiatives. (For more nutrition information and resources, including links to MyPlate, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the United States Department of Agriculture, among many others, hop over to the official website or check out the National Nutrition Month Facebook page.)
We all know that we should be eating plenty of nutrition all-stars like fruits and veggies, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy, and lean meats. But sometimes making the jump from the food pyramid to the weekday dinner table can be tough. To get started on a healthy path, here are some of our best healthy recipes, guides, and tips!
What Food Labels Really Mean From organic to multigrain to gluten-free, it can be tough to keep all the buzzwords straight at the supermarket. Study up on grocery-store lingo before hitting the aisles to make the healthiest choices.
Eat Right: The Ultimate Guide to Nuts [Infographic] At Greatist HQ, we’re nuts about nuts. But which are the fairest (aka healthiest) of them all? Check out our nuts nutrition guide for the info.
Superfoods Revamp the fridge with nutrition winners — we call them “superfoods.” Read up on specific foods and get superfood-rich recipes and tips.
Dangerfoods What comes up must come down. Keep an eye out for dangerfoods — some of which might seem healthy — to snack smarter.
The Truth About Salt, Experts Weigh In Just a pinch, please! Greatist’s nutrition experts discuss the pros and cons of salt in any diet.
The Ultimate Guide to Workout Nutrition A good pre-workout snack can make or break a sweat session. Learn how to fuel up before hitting the gym and recharge those batteries after a tough exercise class.
In the Kitchen
246 Healthy Recipes (That Won’t Break the Bank) Healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive food! Browse through this list of recipes for light and cheap breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and everything in between.
17 Healthy Grains You’ve Never Heard Of Go way beyond basic oats and rice. Exotic-sounding complex carbs like wheat berries, amaranth, and faro are some examples of healthy, unexpected whole grains.
83 Healthy Recipe Substitutions If going cold turkey on that after-lunch cookie habit is too tough, make a few simple but nutritious recipe swaps. Try these ideas to make any meal a bit more wholesome.
7 Proteins for Meatless Mondays (And How to Use Them) Even dedicated meat eaters can benefit from choosing a plant-based diet once or twice a week. Read up on some filling, protein-rich meat alternatives.
The Greatist Table Need some kitchen inspiration? Take a spin through some carefully curated healthy recipes from around the web.
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