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March is National Nutrition Month

Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics come up with a theme for National Nutrition Month. This year is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” This annual campaign recognizes the importance of making informed food choices and physical activity habits.

Week One

Try to eat a variety of nutritious foods every day.

  • Include foods from all the food groups
  • Hydrate
  • Learn how to read Nutrition labels
  • Practice portion control
  • Enjoy your food – don’t eat so fast!

Week Two

Plan out your meals.

  • Make a grocery list of healthy foods
  • Be smart when dining out
  • Plan healthy eating for work, school, etc

Week Three

Create taste meals.

  • Keep healthy ingredients in the pantry
  • Share meals with your family
  • Reduce food waste
  • Try new favors and foods

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens should always be on your healthy foods list. Not only are they full of vitamins and minerals. but low in calories too.

So what leafy greens do we mean? Kale and spinach promote oral health. They’re high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel. They also contain a type of B vitamin that “helps treat gum disease in pregnant women,” according to MedlinePlus. Add baby spinach to your next lunch salad or add kale on your pizza.

Why Cheese Is Good During National Nutrition Month

Cheese is a great source of calcium. It’s also a good source of other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, Vitamin B12, zinc, and phosphorous. Unfortunately, cheese gets a bad rep. People tend to think cheese is loaded with fat and makes people gain weight.

According to Healthline, the healthiest cheese are mozzarella, blue cheese, feta, cottage cheese, ricotta, Parmesan, Swiss, cheddar, and goat. You can read all about the nutritional facts through their article!

Tips to Avoid Tooth Decay

It’s important to practice good oral hygiene no matter at what age. These tips can help your toddler when they have the occasional fruit juice or soda:

  • Have them drink in moderation. Don’t let them have as many drinks as they want. One a day keeps tooth decay away!
  • Dilute their juice drinks as much as you can.
  • Have them drink with a straw to keep acids and sugars away from their teeth.
  • Don’t give them soft drinks before bedtime.
  • Make sure your toddler is having their regular dental checkups.

If you need additional tips on how to keep your toddler’s oral health perfect, talk to your local dentist! They’ll be happy to help!

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