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MARCH - National Nutrition Month

March has come into full-swing with National Nutrition Month! When we hear or talk about nutrition, we can usually understand the main premise of the idea: Eating healthy − using food options that will promote a well-balanced lifestyle and prevent the likes of obesity, high cholesterol, and other preventable health issues. Let's take this discussion further with outlining some perfect examples of ingredients to adopt a nutritious lifestyle.

  • Focus on trying to make half of every meal you eat FULL of vegetables. Carrots are a good source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants. Tomatoes reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K. Spinach is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. It contains high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium.

  • Make a large portion of the grains you eat whole-grain. A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.

  • Eating a variety of lean prote