March is National Nutrition Month for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is “Personalize Your Plate”.

“There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to what we eat,” said Karen Blakeslee, a food scientist at Kansas State University. “Everyone has their own personal nutritional needs based on their health goals, family background, body, and tastes.”

“Consider nutritious foods to get the best nourishment possible with every bite,” Blakeslee said. “Any kind of lifestyle change to incorporate healthy eating habits is beneficial in the long run. It doesn’t have to be boring, boring, or even complicated. Make the changes to fit your personal plate.” Make sure to speak to your doctor if you have any health issues with specific dietary needs.

“For some, the help of a registered dietitian can point them in the right direction,” she said. “But the message of eating more fruits and vegetables, switching to whole grains, and choosing lean proteins still applies. Make changes to each one for the best results and you may find some new foods that suit you.” like.”

An excellent resource for personalizing your plate is www.myplate.gov. There you can take a quiz, find recipes and learn more about the food groups and what they mean for your diet. MyPlate is a template that you can fill in with your own choices to personalize your plate. They also have an app to download on your smartphone. It will help you set goals for each food group.

Over the past year, consumers have stayed more at home and have more control over their food and portion sizes. When restaurants open up, it is important to focus on your nutritional goals.

Choose a restaurant with lots of options and look for healthier options. If possible, order the portions for lunch or for children. Many of the restaurant’s portions are large so share it with a friend or take it home for lunch the next day. If you pack your own meals and snacks at work, you can get through the day on your own terms.

Regardless of how you personalize your plate, make sure you get a serving of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy products (or dairy alternatives) with every meal. Use healthy snacks to make sure all food groups are covered and most importantly, personalize your plate!