National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month! To celebrate, we are challenging you to grab your forks and your phones for the #UAMShealthy Plate Challenge. Each week we are having a different theme: eat more fruits and vegetables, choose a healthy breakfast, cut down on salt and cook at home. We challenge you to take a picture showcasing how your plate or meal reflects each week’s theme. Post your photo on our www.facebook.com/uamshealth or www.instagram.com/uamshealth with the hashtag #UAMShealthy. 

Week 1: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. It’s also a way to add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. All this is packed in fruits and veggies that are low in calories and fat.

The goal for week 1 is to post a photo of your plate filled with colorful fruits and/or veggies with the #UAMShealthy.

Week 2: Choose a Healthy Breakfast 

Breakfast gives you energy to start the day and it’s important for everyone. You can get the nutrition you need a few quick and easy steps. For example, try layering a low-fat plain yogurt with your favorite crunchy cereal and blueberries or strawberries.

The goal for Week 2 is to post a photo of your nutritious breakfast with #UAMShealthy.

Week 3: Cut Down on Salt

Highly processed and ready-to-eat foods tend to be higher in sodium. Eat these foods only occasionally or in smaller amounts – especially cheesy foods, such as pizza; cured meats such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs and deli or luncheon meats.

The goal for week 3 is to post a photo of a meal where you chose to use less salt in your food. Remember to use the #UAMShealthy.

Week 4: Cook at Home

When you cook at home, you can often make better choices about what and how much you eat and drink than you do when eating out. You can also decide how much salt, sugar, butter and oil you put into your food. It’s just overall healthier for you and your family.

The goal for week 4 is to post a photo of a healthy home-cooked meal or plate you’ve prepared.