March is National Nutrition Month. The American Dietetic Association is the sponsor behind the next 31 days of nutrition education and information awareness. This year’s theme is “Eat Right With Color”.
I do my best everyday to fill my plate with a variety colors because it helps me make smart food choices. The different hues encourage me to stick to healthful eating habits. I even have colorful water bottles to pick from each morning. They accompany me throughout the day, whether it be a creative day in the studio or a busy one filled with errands and meetings.
Many foods that are naturally gluten free are very colorful, like the summer salad above. The ingredients were simple with two types of lettuce and carrots from our farm share plus a tablespoon of Caesar dressing. We’re looking forward to this summer again when we can pick up our weekly haul and spend time making a nutritious dinner with a juicy grilled chicken breast, the crunchy-fresh vegetables and tartest hand-picked raspberries for dessert.
“Adding a splash of colorful seasonal foods to your plate makes for more than just a festive meal. A rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients, each with a different bundle of potential benefits for a healthful eating plan,” says registered dietitian and ADA Spokesperson Karen Ansel.
ADA’s National Nutrition Month Recipes starts with four gluten free recipes! We’re very excited to try blueberry yogurt Belgian waffles, crispy fish sticks with cocktail sauce and wild rice spring rolls with dipping sauce. The other recipes are not gluten free but can easily be modified. I get hungry imagining a plate of low-fat oven-fried chicken with a side of spicy black beans or refreshing gremolata dressing drizzled over a piece of sirloin plus sugar snap pea & (gluten free) pasta salad.
For more information about National Nutrition Month, check out the ADA’s nutrition education resource page for PDF printables, quizzes and games, book recommendations and recipe ideas.