You are what you eat.. Let’s admit it; we are all guilty of eating junk food every now and again. The food we choose makes a difference, at times perhaps in all the wrong places. It is not easy. We are rushed, getting to and from work, driving the kids to daycare or school, after school activities, you name it. Many of us simply do not have the time to focus on putting the “right” meal on the table. We succumb to the convenience of meals that are often unplanned, sugar loaded, high fat charged, along with high calories ingredients.
March is a celebration of nutrition! It is National Nutrition Month® and “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” is the theme for National Nutrition Month®. This theme, developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), is meant to help people focus on their eating and physical activity. “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” is designed to encourage you to take small steps in improving your diet.
Why did this initiative come about? The U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services and USDA jointly released last week the preliminary version of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans document gets revised and updated about every 5 years, based on the latest science. The two guiding realities for this 2015 edition is that about half of all American adults have one or more preventable chronic diseases and about 2/3 of them (us!) are overweight or obese. The report concludes we do not eat enough vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and dairy and many of us eat too many refined grains, added sugars, saturated fats, and salt. We are displaying their campaign logo on our blog as we feel this initiative is important.
Together, we can make a difference toward a healthy diet. Your recipes can be a great start. Kitchology is celebrating by honoring the Healthy Recipe with a contest! Kitchology Healthy Recipe Contest is a celebration of healthy eating. We want to feature your healthy recipes! What is a healthy recipe you ask? A recipe should contain fruits, veggies, whole grains, non-fat or low-fat dairy (if you eat dairy), eating smaller amounts of foods with no added sugar, limited salt and/or saturated fat. Look into your personal recipe collection and find those healthier foods combinations. Also, take a closer look at portion control.
Click on this link for the Kitchology Healthy Recipe Contest to learn more details. Recipes must be submitted using the Kitchology Healthy Recipe Contest 2015 Entry Form. Check out the button on our side bar to bring you directly to the submission form.
- Contain at least 1 fruit
- Contain at least 2 vegetables
- Contain a lean protein (lean meats, poultry, beans, fish, etc.)
- Contain a whole grain (oats, corn, whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa, etc.)
- Contain a low-fat or fat-free dairy product or dairy substitute
- Contain no added sugar
What would a contest be without prizes?
1st Price: a $50 Whole Foods Market Gift Card
2nd Price: a $25 Trader Joe’s Gift Card
Download the National Nutrition Month blogger widget. If you are blogging and care about nutrition, you can visit the National Nutrition Month Blogroll.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING YOUR HEALTHY RECIPES! We will also showcase all entries on our Pinterest page and spreading your creation(s) on the usual social channels. Together, we can make a difference.
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