Food for Thought: Personalize Your Plate

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Developing a healthful eating pattern is not a one-size-fits all endeavor. The key is tailoring your favorite foods to meet your individual nutrient needs. In March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focuses attention on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme, “Personalize Your Plate”, promotes creating nutritious meals to meet individuals’ cultural and personal food preferences. As supermarkets increasingly diversify their shelves to meet the needs of their customers, it’s becoming easier to create nutritious meals that align with a variety of cultural preferences. During National Nutrition Month we encourage everyone to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits they can follow all year long. Spice up your menus with the foods and flavors you enjoy and add new flavors to spark excitement in your cooking. Developing healthful eating habits does not require drastic lifestyle changes.

In order to help give you some healthier ideas for your meals, our next Lunch N’ Learn workshop is Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at noon and available FREE online through Zoom. We will provide information on how to “Personalize Your Plate.” There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds, and tastes! This year, during National Nutrition Month in March, we want to help provide you with information to “personalize your plate”. We will provide information to help everyone make informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. You can register at our Eventbrite event page.

Check us out on Facebook @persongranvillefcs to find information or register for upcoming programs, recipes, or information on food and nutrition. Try the following recipe from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at Eat Right.

Pasta Salad with Chicken & Vegetables

Recipe via Eat Right  – serves 10

Ingredients

  • 1 (15oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinse
  • 1 (6oz) can chicken breast packed in water, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 16 oz uncooked whole-wheat pasta
  • 1 (10oz) bag frozen mixed vegetables

Directions

Bring a gallon-sized pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Two minutes before pasta is finished cooking, add in the frozen mixed vegetables. Once pasta is cooked and vegetables are tender, drain into a colander. While pasta and vegetables are cooking, gently mix the rinsed and drained beans, chicken, and salad dressing in a large bowl until combined. Add the pasta and vegetables to the bowl and mix with the beans, chicken, and salad dressing. Serve salad warm or cold.

Nutritional Information: 315 calories, 9g fat, 235mg sodium, 15g protein