So this year was the year to eat healthier wasn’t it? Well thank God every day is a new day and we have the chance to start over and press reset on our goals! Well according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, March is National Nutrition Month! This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”, so it’s a great time to get back on track with your New Year’s goal of eating healthy. Eating healthy isn’t so easy, so starting small and making small changes will make all the difference for lasting change. So in honor of National Nutrition Month, here are a few tips to get both you and I started (again) on our healthy journey.
1. Hydrate! Drink water ladies. Simply keep a bottle on hand and sip it all day. Also pack your children’s back pack with a cool bottle of water. They’ll thank you for it later…
2. Snacks, snacks and more snacks. Planning is key here. Running to the vending machine for a bag of chips isn’t the goal. Take some time at the beginning of the week to get your hands on dried fruits, peanuts, fresh fruits, veggies whole wheat crackers, or cheese. Children and teens tend to be a lot hungrier so try to give them fiber filled snacks, like carrots and hummus, and granola, plain yogurt with fruits.
3. Keep that beautiful heart of yours healthy by trading in that fried red snapper for some grilled salmon and rice and peas for actual brown rice! You won’t be compromising any flavor here, be true to this years theme and savor the flavor!
4. Be sure to minimize screen time with the kiddies and get them out and moving to get their hearts pumping.
5. Lastly, let’s commit to trying one new fresh vegetable each week for the rest of the month and please comment below and let me know what you come up with!
Please remember to stop by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for a lot more great information and I can’t wait to hear all about your progress!
Hey!! My name is Thamar and I am the mother to an amazing, precious, inquisitive, drive you crazy five year old boy. Well I’m also, a wife, a sister, a best friend, a daughter, auntie, big cousin, little cousin, employee, volunteer and I’m pretty sure I could name a few more but I’m also the one person you never want to grab a quick bite with either. I could never decide what I want to eat or drink. But when I’m not out and about (which doesn’t happen to often) I’m home with my baby. That little person has taught me something no one else could and that’s unconditional love and boy has he taught me patience. But even more, he birthed in me a passion for all things healthy. These past five years has been a whirlwind.
Being a mother has brought so many things to my attention, and made me so sensitive and concerned to so much more. What stood out the most for me while being pregnant was what I was putting into my body, my son’s body and even my husband’s body? But being a young black girl from Brooklyn my eyes opened up to a lot of the inequalities within my neighborhood and beyond. The idea of me having to trek half way across Brooklyn for fresh fruits and veggies at an affordable price is quite ridiculous. Or when my son was just under a year old, I was going all around town to find all those cool mommy and me classes, the free baby gym sessions and breastfeeding groups in the cold and without a car! Why aren’t these things readily available to us or at least easy to find? Although I’ve learned so much in these past few years and my journey has only just begun. I want to shed light on a few things I’ve done to make life just a little easier for my family and I. Raising a healthy family in NYC is no easy task but there is so much we can do to help and support each other. So ladies please tell me what have some of your concerns been as moms and what are some of your solutions?