LIBERTY, February 29, 2016 - Savor the Flavor is the theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month. “According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans we should enjoy a healthy eating pattern and choose foods and beverages with limited amounts of added sugars, sodium and saturated fats,” said Dr. Sharon Robinson a Registered Dietitian with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Healthy food choices can still have great flavor! Try these ideas to “savor the flavor”:
Choose snacks such as naturally sweet fresh fruit instead of cake and cookies and drinks such as water with lemon or unsweet tea to reduce added sugar.
Use tasty herbs and spice instead of salt to flavor your foods. At the store, compare food labels and select foods lower in sodium.
Include a variety of protein-rich foods such as fish, poultry, lean meats, eggs, beans and seeds to reduce saturated fat and add flair to your meals.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers many educational programs which help consumers adopt healthy habits that promote health and reduce the risk for chronic disease. Programs include: Dinner Tonight, Better Living for Texans, Cooking Schools, Walk Across Texas, and more. To learn more about upcoming programs that are being offered in your community, contact Alexis Cordova, Liberty County Extension Agent, Alexis Cordova, or her staff for more information.
To highlight upcoming nutrition and health events:
• March 4th – Free “Get CRAZY with Dayton Walk Across Texas” Kick-Off (6-7 p.m.)
• March 9, 14, & 28 - Free “Zumba/Walk and Talk Activity Sessions” (9-11 a.m.)
• March 31st and April 14th – 4-H hosts “Family Cooking School” (6-8 p.m.)
• By Appointment – FREE “A Fresh Start to a Healthier You! Personal Sessions”
For more information Upcoming events, contact the Liberty County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at (936)334-3230 or visit us at 501 Palmer Ave. in Liberty, TX. You may also visit our website http://liberty.agrilife.org or “LIKE” our Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Liberty County FACEBOOK Page.
National Nutrition Month R is an annual campaign of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Academy’s website is eatright.org .