Healthy Eating Tips

March is considered “National Nutrition Month.”  Since you know you are dying to celebrate this momentous occasion with your fellow nextjumpers, here are some healthy ways to do it!  Feel free to read it all in one sitting.

Tips for Your Health

Sensible snacking
Basically, you hear this from me in every NJU lecture but are you doing it?  Eat more fruits and vegetables, for goodness sake.  We have it all prepared for you.  Have carrots and celery or cut-up fruit as part of your mid-afternoon snack.

A low-calorie snack
It doesn’t have to taste like cardboard.  If you eat half a large pepper, that provides a full day’s worth of vitamin C.  You can eat it just like an apple.  Add some mustard, and it’s a pretty awesome treat.

Fiber for digestive health
V8 only has 3 grams of fiber.  Not enough to contribute to your total day’s worth of 25g for a woman and 38g for a man… Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables gives you fiber that keeps your digestive tract healthy.

The powers of blue and purple
No, not your black and blue marks.  Many fruits and vegetables are born from the blue and purple family – they contain flavonoids, which are the most powerful phytochemicals found in nature. Phytochemicals decrease your risk of cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease… They are also very high in anti-oxidants.

Carbohydrate facts
Excess calories are fattening, carbohydrates are not.

Whole-grains are Project Awesome
We serve whole wheat breads, oatmeal, whole grain crackers and whole grain cereals. These products contain more B-vitamins, potassium, and fiber than processed white varieties.

Do Not Neglect the Label
A dark-colored bread does not mean it is a whole-wheat bread.  Take a look at the ingredients. Look for the words “100% whole wheat flour” as listed first.

Fish for omega-3s
Fish contains significant amounts of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart health.

Osteoporosis prevention
If you start now, your healthy habits can help reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis (debilitating bone loss condition). Eat calcium-rich foods to build strong bones and maintain bone density. Exercise regularly. Monitor your salt intake.

Food safety
To prevent food borne illness and cross contamination, use separate cutting boards for slicing meats, cooking eggs and chopping up produce. When cooking foods in the microwave, wash hands in hot water with soap first.

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