Choose Nutrition For Your Meals and Snacks!
Gardens are providing an abundance of nutritious harvest right now so there is no excuse for not choosing nutrition for our meals and snacks. Next time you choose the food for your meal or snack, ask yourself if it will provide your body with nutrition to energize you to do the activities you want to do throughout the day. Or is what you are choosing providing bad fats, empty calories and sugar that can increase the level of inflammation in the body that promotes disease? Choose the foods that provide your body with macronutrients (complex carbohydrate, protein and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), antioxidants and phytochemicals. Plant foods (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and lentils, nuts and seeds) can give us most of the nutrients mentioned and are loaded with thousands of phytochemicals, which are compounds in the plants that protect the plant from getting disease. Phytochemicals will also help protect our body from getting disease!
Start at your next meal by choosing raw vegetables and dip instead of chips or a baked apple or pear for dessert instead of a hot fudge sundae. Choose a trail mix with dried fruit and nuts without the chocolate instead of M & M’s for your next snack. Instead of soda or a sweetened beverage, pour a glass of skim milk. Nutrition should be your choice most of the time because your health is worth it!