March is National Nutrition Month.


Dream time

Barbara Quinn Tribune News Service

For many reasons, I am always happy when I can say goodbye to February and welcome the march towards spring. March is also National Nutrition Month️, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics experts guide us on a diet that can help move our steps forward.

This year’s theme is “Personalize Your Plate”. I like it. This means that within the recommendations for our age group and gender, we have the choice of choosing meals that suit our personal and cultural preferences. Here’s a quiz to help us think about how to make a healthier plate:

1. A reliable place to get the most up-to-date recommendations on what and how much to eat is: a) your hairdresser; b) the guy next door; c) Nutritional Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025. Answer: C. Download it for free at www.dietaryguidelines.gov/resources/2020-2025-dietary-guidelines-online-materials.

2. If you’re like 80% of Americans, your diet is lacking: a) a really good zero calorie cheesecake; b) fruits and vegetables; c) foods high in calcium. Answer: B and C.

3rd Most Americans eat: a) too many salads; b) too few whole grain products; c) not enough fiber and too much sugar. Answer: B and C.

4th Beans, peas and lentils are unique because: a) they are considered protein and vegetables; b) it is a zinc-rich food that can be given to babies from the age of six months; c) They are one of the best sources of fiber for your buck. Answer: All are correct!