March is National Nutrition Month!

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Did you know March is National Nutrition Month?! How will you and your family celebrate it? Let’s take this month to focus on healthy eating habits, make one small change towards better nutrition and try a new recipe! Here are some ways you can celebrate National Nutrition Month:

  • Make a Plan and Take Short Cuts!- you know what they say…”if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Make sure you have a plan for the week, list of groceries, and make use of those time-saving tools; I buy pre-cut veggies, roast a big batch for multiple uses (I use them in omelets, as a side dish or meatless entree), defrost a soup you made last month or order from your favorite healthy restaurant once during the week on a super busy night.
  • Keep Healthy Foods at Home- This is the KEY to Making the Healthier Choice the Easier Choice!  Try to cut down on the processed cookies, snacks etc, give it a try this month! Have plenty of clean and peeled fruits and veggies on hand; when your kids come home from school they’ll reach for the apple if it’s right in front of them! As soon as we get home, since I know they’re starving, I’ll start pulling out apples with nut butter, yogurt with granola and fruit, or bananas dipped in yogurt and rolled in granola. I don’t even give them a chance to grab the bad stuff!
  • Try a new Fruit and Vegetable- This month, to celebrate good nutrition, make a point of having everyone in the family suggest a new fruit or vegetable to try for the first time. Our family will be trying spaghetti squash, brussels sprouts, and apricots. And try to eat seasonal! For more information on what’s in season click HERE.
  • Visit a Farmer’s Market- I know weekends are busy, they certainly are for us; between kid’s sports and activities, church and some family time, 48 hours is just not enough! But this month I will make a point to take my kids to a farmer’s market, so they can see, feel and taste the best of this season! For your local farmer’s market locations and hours, click HERE.
  • Try a New Healthy Recipe- I always try to make a new recipe every few weeks, just to try new foods or new flavors or new techniques. This month I’ll focus on healthy foods. Check out the recipe our family will be trying this month- I’ll let you know how it goes!

Spaghetti Squash Ratatouille

Recipe courtesy of Healthy Recipes for Kids

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Spaghetti Squash
  • 1/4 cup White Wine
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 Red Pepper, diced
  • 1 medium Eggplant, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Zuchinni, sliced
  • 2 cans Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Spaghetti Sauce
  • Oregano, Basil, Pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Prepare and cook squash with one of the above basic methods.
  2. Heat wine in skillet.
  3. Saute diced onion and minced garlic in wine for a few minutes.
  4. Add peppers to the skillet and continue to cook until tender.
  5. Add zuchinni, eggplant, and tomatoes. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to thicken.
  6. Add spaghetti sauce and stir.
  7. Add oregano, basil, and pepper to taste.
  8. Spoon vegetable sauce mixture over spaghetti squash strands on serving dishes.

Serves 6-8

Enjoy National Nutrition Month and stay tuned to see how my family’s month went! I’m off to Napa and the Culinary Institute today for the Harvard Nutrition Conference titled Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives, so expect great Blogs about what I learned (and great recipes!) in the next few weeks!

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