March is National Nutrition Month and today we are celebrating Registered Dietitian (RD) day. This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Put your Best Fork Forward.”
When I tell people I am a dietitian, they immediately assume I am the food police, and the next thing I hear them say is you must eat super healthy or I guess I should not eat “bad foods” in front of you. If there is one thing I want you to know about dietitians is that we are not the food police! We love food. We love talking about food and eating food. People often say to me what do you eat?
In honor of National Nutrition Month and RD day I am going to tell you about a day in the eating life of yours truly (me), and how I plan to put my best fork forward. Also, you will notice in the above picture two of my pantry cabinets and some of the snacks I usually have on hand.
I decided to include two days of what I ate that have already past so that this post did not influence the foods I ate.
7 AM wake up
745 AM Breakfast: Fage Plain 0% Greek yogurt, banana and homemade baked oatmeal muffin with water
10:45 AM Workout: 30 minute spin class (water during the class)
11:30 AM Quick Snack: Handful of strawberries
12:10 PM Lunch (meal prep done on Sunday): Mixed greens with kombucha squash, brussels sprouts, lentils, walnuts, cucumbers and balsamic vinegar
12:45 Dessert: 2 dark chocolate covered graham crackers with sea salt from Trader Joes
3:00 PM Snack: Apple
3:30 PM Snack: Picky bar
5:00 PM Snack: A piece of dried mango
7:00 PM Dinner: Homemade Mustard and thyme salmon with cauliflower rice, mushrooms and roasted chickpeas
8:00 PM Dessert: A small amount of Talenti gelato on a small chocolate chip cookie
7 AM wake up
7:45 AM Breakfast: Siggys 0% orange and ginger Greek yogurt with Purely Elizabeth Chocolate Sea salt granola, blueberries and raspberries
10:30 AM Snack: Banana
12:00 PM Lunch (meal prep done on Sunday): Mixed greens with kombucha squash, brussels sprouts, lentils, walnuts, cucumbers and balsamic vinegar dressing
12:30 PM Dessert: Homemade baked oatmeal muffin
1:30 PM Snack: Apple
4:00 PM Snack: Square Bar
6:45 PM Dinner: Prepared food picked up from a local market. Wheat berry salad, balsamic chicken and grilled vegetables
7:45 PM Dessert: Icecream cake (yay Birthday month)
As you can see from my meals I am not the perfect eater. I try to incorporate fruits, vegetables and whole grains in my diet and truly believe that all foods fit! You will notice my lunch was the same both days because I planned ahead on Sunday and made two salads to make a busy week easier. This is just a two day sample. What I eat is not exactly the same every day. For example I love sandwiches and often have a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast, or a veggie burger on whole wheat bread with hummus for lunch. My meals day to day tend to be similar and I always have a snack or two between 3 and 4 PM and dessert after dinner.Something I want to work on for myself is being less routine with what foods I choose, and I am going to put my best fork forward by experimenting more in the kitchen. Each week in March, I am going to incorporate at least one new ingredient or recipe. Follow along on instagram LNZnutrition to see what I decide to try!
Small changes can make a big difference in how we feel, and help us reach our nutrition goals.
How are you putting your best fork forward to celebrate National Nutrition Month?
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and brands/products mentioned in this post are because I like them and use them myself. I have not been compensated for mentioning any specific products, brands or retailers in this post.