March National Nutrition Month® - Create healthy meals combining taste and nutrition

The 2014 National Nutrition Month is all about enjoying the taste of eating right. Learn how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the dietary guidelines.

March is National Nutrition Month®. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that we “enjoy the taste of eating right.” Consumer research reports and confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why particular food is purchased over another. Many factors play a role of why people are likely to eat certain foods – like social, emotional and health. March 2014 key messages for National Nutrition Month® will focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.

Michigan State University Extension along with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these tips and ideas on how to add taste to food while keeping it nutritious. These are just a few of the many possibilities to making food taste great and keeping it healthy.

Tips for flavoring your foods without the calories:

Enjoy these ideas for healthy eating while out:

The Academy of Nutrition and Dieteticseat right” section also has a list of ways to enjoy more fruits and vegetables, instead of just eating them ordinary and plain. Some of these are great ideas to try with kids to increase their fruit and vegetable intake:

Looking for more tips? More tips on the categories listed above or other healthy options can be found at eatright.org in the national nutrition month section.

These are only a few fun ways to add taste and nutrition together to create delicious, healthy meals. This is what National Nutrition Month® is all about – it is a great time to encourage family and friends to try new foods and flavors and promote healthy eating.