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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right – National Nutrition Month

G’day Mates!! Happy Tuesday!! I hope you’re all peachy-keen!! Me? I’m swell! I had a fabbbulous breakfast and I’m sippin’ on some tea (decaf earl gray, obvi), and I’ve decided it’s time to get serious with you for a moment!

I feel like some of you may know this already, particularly my fellow healthy living bloggers, but some of you may not.

March is National Nutrition Month!!

Never heard of it? Here’s a quick summary:

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information. (http://www.eatright.org/NNM/#.UxXVVvmwJiI)

I think it’s pretty evident at this point in time that proper nutrition is something that I’m extraordinarily passionate about. I’ve decided to join in on the party again this year and share my two cents with you about this year’s theme:

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, consumer research has proven time and time again that taste trumps nutrition in the majority of consumer food purchases.

This seems like it’s pretty obvious to me.  Take McDonald’s, for example. According to Forbes, McDonald’s ended 2013 with “lackluster earnings” – a measly $7.09 billion, up 2% from their 2012 fourth quarter earnings. What this says to me as a health conscious consumer (not in any way, shape, or form from a business standpoint) is that even posting the nutrition facts on menus hasn’t seemed to deter consumers from eating less McDonald’s. As such, I believe it is imperative that we all realize that healthy, whole, nutrient rich foods are just as capable of being as delicious (even more delicious, actually!) as the processed junk that so many people gravitate towards.

Now please keep in mind that I am nothing if not realistic. I absolutely understand that, sometimes, it’s really hard to make a healthy choice. We’re too busy, or too tired, or too broke, or too anything…these are all factors that impact the choices we make in fueling our bodies.  It’s too often, I think, that we forget that that’s really what food is: fuel! It’s what we need to keep our bodies functioning at their optimal levels. We need food, tasty or not, to live and to thrive – regardless of how busy, tired, and broke we all are! It doesn’t need to be hard to do. If we all take a little time to educate ourselves and fuel our bodies properly with foods that we enjoy, I know that we could all live and thrive with smiles on our faces, happy taste buds, and healthy bodies.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that use real, whole ingredients and help me Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!

Barbecue Chicken Tortilla Pizzas

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Oatmeal

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Greek Salad

Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp with Mango Salsa

Honey Walnut Apple Crisp

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My Favorite Chili Recipe Ever

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Sweet and Spicy Pineapple, Black Bean Quinoa

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Tilapia Tacos with Southwest Slaw

tilapia tacos with southwest slaw

I hope you can find inspiration in these recipes!!
How are you celebrating National Nutrition Month??
And how do you Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right??

 

 

 

National Nutrition Month & Friday Faves

HAPPY MARCH, EVERYONE!

Boy time sure does fly. I’m so excited about so many things coming up I’m not even sure where to begin.

Right now, what I’m MOST excited about is that it’s National Nutrition Month! Sure, other monthly celebrations are important, but this one takes the cake (in moderation, of course 🙂 )! Nutrition is something I’m so passionate about, even more so over the last year.  I’m proud to say that since August I’ve lost ten pounds and have been staying the course for leading a healthy, happy life! Proper nutrition is a major factor in my success!

This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” I love this theme, as it’s really a reflection of the way that I eat already and the way that I encourage my friends, family, and followers to eat as well. What, exactly, does it mean to me? The way I see it, we only get one opportunity on this Earth and we really should make the most of it.  Properly fueling and nourishing your body is the best way to guarantee making the most of it – but that doesn’t mean say no to every cupcake that crosses your path!

So in honor of National Nutrition Month, here are a few of my favorite healthy things these days!

Favorite Healthy Recipe I’m Excited to Make

Pan-seared Salmon and Crispy Tomatoes over Quinoa via Shape.com. Everything about this recipe sounds amazing! On top of the deliciousness, this recipe is packed with protein, omega-3s, and antioxidants.  I am literally salivating right now.

Pan-seared Salmon and Crispy Tomatoes over Quinoa

Favorite Healthy Snack

I’m all about these YumnNuts Toasted Coconut Cashews. They are just sweet enough to take care my afternoon cravings and
at 160 calories, 4 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber per serving I never feel guilty when I munch them!

Favorite Work Out Song

I don’t care if this song is about her lady parts – I can not stop listening to Gold Trans Am off Ke$ha’s album, Warrior.
It just makes me wanna move!

Favorite Healthy Condiment

Sriracha!!! Sweet heavens you could put Sriracha on a boot and I’d probably eat it. At a mere 5 calories per tablespoon I’m likely to just slather this all over everything –  like my dinner last night (and lunch today)! I love knowing that I can have happy tastebuds and help speed up my metabolism (thank you chili peppers) all at the same time!

sriracha eggs

Favorite Yoga Pose

Shoulder stand! According to Yoga Guru Kristin McGee and Health.com, shoulder stand helps to fight cellulite. It also helps stretch the spine, aids in thyroid function (and ultimately helps speed up your metabolism) , helps headaches and indigestion, and tones your legs and abs. I love how I feel in shoulder stand and have been actively increasing the time I spend in it every night before bed.

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Favorite Workout Top

I’m not going to lie to you, I wish I had six of these tops so I could wear one to the gym every day! The Slub-Knit GoDRY Tee from Old Navy is positively my favorite work out top. I prefer to work out in v-necks so that my shirt doesn’t stick to my sweaty chest (great mental picture, I know) and this one is snug enough to be feminine, so I don’t look like a slob, but loose enough to be comfortable doing any exercise! I have it in blue, which it doesn’t look like they sell anymore, but once these puppies are on sale again I plan to snatch up a few more!

old navy teee

Favorite Healthy Indulgence

For Valentine’s Day, Johnny bought me what I now believe is the best chocolate bar of all time (and orange roses because he’s the sweetest and knows my favorite things 🙂 ) – especially if you’re a nut lover like me! The Chuao Dark Chocolate Nut Nirvana bar is rich dark chocolate studded with almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios. There is seriuosly a nut in every bite, sometimes more!! I’ve been good and I only eat a little square at time because it’s so rich…and also because I don’t want it to end! Nut nirvana might be an understatement.

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So there you have it!

Those are a few of my favorite healthy things this Friday!

What are some of your favorite things? I’d love to hear from you!