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National Nutrition Month® – Making the Most of Breakfast

March is National Nutrition Month®, which makes this a perfect time to review some of the best recommendations for achieving a healthy diet. There is a lot of confusing and conflicting information when it comes to improving our eating habits. With new diet trends that focus on a “free-from�? platform, it may seem that eating healthy is becoming increasingly complicated. We are being told to select foods that are free-from gluten and free-from dairy. There are dozens of other elements misleadingly being labeled as dangerous for our health.

U.S. adults not getting enough fruits and veggies

Let us take this opportunity during National Nutrition Month® to step back and practice the fundamentals of healthy eating. Before we remove anything from our diet, let’s start with a tried and true basic recommendation that most individuals are not meeting: eat fruits and vegetables.

According to the CDC, 87% of U.S. adults are not eating enough vegetables and 76% are not eating enough fruit.

Eating more fruits and vegetables not only adds nutrients to your diet, but also reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. It also helps manage body weight. Fresh, frozen, or canned—any form counts towards the current recommendation of 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables each day. There are hundreds of ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your daily routine.

Add veggies to your morning routine

For the average person, vegetables typically make an appearance at the dinner table, or over  lunch break. Let’s talk about the time of day when the average person may not even think to add a veggie: breakfast. The most important meal of the day is usually the most consistent. By adding just one serving of vegetables to complement the eggs in your morning routine, you can increase your weekly vegetable intake by 3-4 cups.

Blueberry green smoothie recipe

Try these recipe ideas for great ways to make the most of your breakfast!

These recipes will help you start down the road to a healthy diet and balanced nutrition. When you start looking for ways to add fruits and vegetables to your diet, you won’t want to stop! Visit our recipe center for more recipes and ideas.