March is considered to be National Nutrition Month, so let’s discuss a few ways to eat right and build a healthy plate. Good nutrition is an important cornerstone to any healthy lifestyle, and here at Wells PT, that is exactly what we would like our patients to strive for: a healthy body, both inside and out!
Fun and Healthy Food Choices
There are many ways to boost your daily diet with nutritious food items. Ideally, we should be aiming to eat 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables every day. Try these creative and sneaky tricks to meet this goal without a lot of effort:
(*) Pink pancakes! Puree some beets (aim for ¼ cup per 2-4 servings) and add it to your pancake batter. The kids will love it, and you can come up with your own creative story for their wonderful pink color.
(*) Pizza and spaghetti sauces offer up a myriad of options. Puree or shred spinach, kale, zucchini, carrots, broccoli…. the options are endless! Just toss them in the sauce and you won’t even know the difference… but your body will reap the rewards.
(*) Smoothies! Perhaps the most fun and easiest way to make sure you get your daily intake of fruits and veggies is to make a smoothie out of them. You can get as creative as you want… add the fruits and vegetables that you enjoy already, but try throwing in some new ones as well. Let this be your introduction of kale, spinach or spirulina to your diet. Don’t believe me? Give this recipe a try!
2 handfuls of spinach 1 ripe banana
1 handful kale ½ cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
½ – ¾ cup orange juice 1 cup frozen mixed berries
10-12 baby carrots
Puree spinach, kale and o.j. in a blender until there’s only flecks of green, then add all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Give it a try, substitute where you wish, and let us know how you like it! Courtesy of Heather Kneisler, A Sweet Simple Life, 2012
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