With just 1 day left of National Nutrition Month, I wanted to share some final tips and tricks of how we can all “Put our Best Fork Forward.” However these tips do not come from me, but from the employees at where I am a corporate wellness dietitian.
I reached out to employees to ask how do you “put your best fork forward….” This is what they had to say!
- I use a smaller plate for dinner so it looks like I am eating more since my plate is full!
- I put my best fork (or should I say spoon?) forward by substituting yogurt for sweet desserts at home. It’s just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth while at the same time giving me a healthy serving of dairy.
- I try new combinations of food to add vegetables and legumes into dishes I like. For example, I never knew I actually liked black beans until I got up the nerve to try them in a burrito!
- I have a nice bowl of fruit for breakfast everyday to get in servings of fruits. I like to use a variety such as green grapes, blueberries, raspberries, a cutie orange, and kiwi.
- I put my best fork forward with weekly meal planning. Looking ahead to the next week I can consider which days I will have time to cook and which days I need something quick and easy for when my family is on the go. Crockpot meals or sandwich/wrap nights are perfect when my evenings are filled with after-school actives. Meal planning allows me to avoid fast food.
- I use my fitness pal to track my calories everyday. This helps me ensure I am eating not eating over or under what my body need and to be conscious of what I am putting in my mouth.
- I went from eating sandwiches on Italian bread to whole grain bread and wraps. It was a simple switch to make and way better for me.
The responses, along with the employee’s names, were posted in our bi-weekly newsletter. While I cannot take credit for the tips, reading them was definitely a proud “mom moment” for myself! There is a fine line between what non-health professionals can and cannot say in terms of nutrition advice, but that doesn’t mean we all can’t share what has helped us to make better food choices.
And remember just because National Nutrition is coming to an end doesn’t mean eating right should! Put your “best fork forward” for the days, months, and years to come!