During National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food” by preparing meals in advance to enjoy throughout the week.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Planning ahead and making a grocery list before you go to the grocery store can help you save money at the grocery store and also avoid unnecessary purchases. Try to use some of the foods you already have at home when planning your meals for the week. Buying in bulk or family packs will allow you to prepare extra meals or freeze them for later. For instance, roasting a whole chicken is an inexpensive way to provide protein for several meals. Use the leftovers to make soup, add to a casserole, or top a salad.
Don’t forget to include plenty of fruits and vegetables and consider checking out the frozen foods aisle. Frozen fruits and vegetables are often just as nutritious as fresh and usually cheaper. Dried fruits are a nice alternative to snacking on junk foods and can be purchased in bulk to make your own trail mix.
The Forest County Health Department is participating in National Nutrition Month by offering nutrition tips and taste testing in March. We will be hosting a taste test, along with recipes and nutrition resources at Schaefer’s Food Mart in Crandon on March 22nd from 11 am to 1 pm. We will also be visiting Crandon and Laona Schools with a taste test for the students with assistance from other members of the Forest County Coalition for Activity and Nutrition.
For more information and tips on how to make your food go further, please visit www.eatright.org. Find the Forest County Health Department on Facebook.