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March is Nutrition Month
Mom was right. You are what you eat. A healthy diet is one of the most powerful medicines you have to keep you well. Eating nutritious food not only increases your energy and improves your mood, but it can add years to your life by helping fight off heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and many other conditions. Creating healthy habits doesn't have to be difficult nor time consuming. Small changes can make a big difference. It can be as easy as eating an orange which has fiber that keeps you feeling fuller longer rather than drinking a glass of orange juice which has little fiber, almost 3 times as many calories, and a lot more sugar. And it takes 6 oranges to make one glass of juice!
Food for Thought
Health experts and chefs both encourage eating seasonally or include foods in your diet that are grown at the same time of year you eat them. So, why is that important? When you buy food that's in season, it's at the peak of its supply and tastes best while costing you less. Speaking of peak, have you noticed stacks of bundled green asparagus at your local Farmer's Markets or grocery stores lately? That's because crops are harvested between late February to early June. Asparagus is not only low in fat and calories, but it also contains a lot of soluble and insoluble fiber and packed with good-for-you vitamins and minerals. This month's recipe, Asparagus and Citrus Salad, pays homage to this bright green spring veggie. Steam, boil, or roast the spears for this unbelievably tasty, bright, and refreshing salad. Go green!
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