It's National Nutrition Month

The "My Plate" is the government's new healthy eating suggestion guideline. It replaces the "Food Pyramid."

March is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme is "Put Your Best Fork Forward." The idea is to remind us that each bite counts.

So where do you start? Registered dietitian Amy Reuter with suggests creating an eating style that helps you eat and drink the right amounts of healthful foods.

“When we're creating an eating style, we want to look at our plate,” she said. “Have half of that plate filed with fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits – a quarter of that being grains and another quarter being protein-rich foods like nuts, chicken, fish or beans."

And consider this: While eating out is fun, cooking at home gives you more control.

"The studies have shown that when we cook at home we do make better choices, in terms of what we're eating and how much,” Reuter told me. “And the whole idea there is that we're trying to reduce the risk of preventable chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease."

When you do the cooking, you can experiment with ways to flavor your food without salt. Reuter suggests garlic, lemon, cumin, onions or vinegar.

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