It’s never too early or too late to form healthy eating habits so today I shared some of my tip tips in honor of National Nutrition Month.
Tip 1: Choose beverages with benefits
My first tip is to choose beverages with benefits like Quaker’s Oat Beverage, which has 4 grams of fiber per 8 ounce serving. It is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D and has been formulated to qualify for the FDA’s heart health claim. I especially love the vanilla flavor – one 8 oz. glass has only 30-50 calories.
Another beverage with benefits is kombucha. Wonder Drink is the first kombucha made with PREbiotics instead of probiotics, which are plant-based fibers that help nourish the good bacteria in our gut to promote a happy digestive system. They’re certified organic, non-alcoholic and have 9-10 grams of sugar per can.
Tip 2: Carbohydrates are the nutrient we need more of, not less of
Both whole grain and enriched grains provide key nutrients like fiber, iron, folate and B vitamins. So they are not something to remove from your diet, in fact, what we replace them with, may put our long-term health in jeopardy if it’s high in saturated fats or empty calories.
Tip 3: Build snacks with staying power
First you want to focus on fiber like fruit. Cuties have major snack-a-peel – they are easy to peel, easy to eat and easy to love. 2 cuties have just 90 calories but a slew of vitamins and minerals. Take these to work or kids soccer games for prep-free, stress-free snacking. You can find more healthy snacking tips at cutiescitrus.com and @cutiescitrusofficial on Instagram where they also host giveaways.
Second, you want to focus on protein. Portable nut butter packets are my go-to by Naturally More because they have added flaxseeds, which have omega-3 fats and probiotics, which may support digestion and immunity. Pair these with fruits, veggies or grains to build a snack with staying power- you can find these on amazon.