March is National Nutrition Month. Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!


Imagine the most delicious meal you've ever tasted. Maybe it's grandma's green bean casserole or oven-baked sweet potatoes. Maybe you make a delicious and hearty pot roast or vegetable beef stew. Or maybe you're still waiting for your taste buds to be wowed by a memorable meal rich in flavor and seasoned with herbs and spices.

Any way you slice it, food is an essential part of life, and you should enjoy it. March is National Nutrition Month, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants you to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.

What does eating right look like? The Harvard Healthy Eating Plate and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Choose My Plate models both make it easy to visualize balanced diet guidelines. Healthy foods for a balanced diet include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, low-fat dairy or soy products, lean meats, fish, healthy oils, and plenty of water. And if you enjoy an occasional dessert to go with your meal, go for it.

If you have special dietary needs, as many people do, you can still enjoy a wide variety of delicious and healthy foods. The goal of National Nutrition Month is to encourage people to take a closer look at their eating habits, enjoy healthy food, and enjoy the experience of eating with family and friends.

So get out your favorite recipes, make a shopping list, go to the store, and get cooking. Organize a pot-luck and invite your friends to bring their favorite dishes. See if you can finally get your hands on grandma's secret recipe.

Or give yourself a break from cooking in the kitchen and go with something made with fresh ingredients and ready to eat in just minutes. Join the cause to Savor the Flavor this month and make cooking healthier and easier with meals. Take a look at the menu, and you'll find something for everyone at the table, including dessert.