A Recipe for Encouraging Students to Get More Nutrients

Get More Nutrients
March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to help students focus on ways to get all the nutrients they need. According to the USDA’s MyPlate, fruits, vegetables, grains, diary, and protein should be a part of every meal we eat. Eating foods from all 5 food groups helps to maintain a healthy weight, provides energy, prevents disease, and can be a great mood booster. Share these tips with students to help them start making health-smart choices about the foods they eat.

  1. Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables! In addition to eating from all the food groups, we can ensure we are getting all of the nutrients we need by eating a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables.
  2. Choose whole grains to feel full longer. Whole-grain pasta, brown rice, whole-wheat bread, and oatmeal will provide key nutrients.
  3. Eat seafood twice a week! Seafood contains a range of nutrients, including omega-3 fats that are good for your heart.
  4. Low-fat milk, cheeses, and yogurts ensure we get the vitamin D and calcium we need. Choosing the right dairy foods along with regular exercise, such as dancing, swimming, or gymnastics will help to build strong bones and teeth.
  5. Try one new food each week. If you don’t like something don’t give up. It can sometimes take up to 12 times before you like a new food. Try this recipe that puts a nutritious spin on an old favorite – burgers![yumprint-recipe id=’4′]

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