National Nutrition Month

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National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association. This month’s campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. It also focuses on how to create meals that can be enjoyed and also promote good health. The 2014 National Nutrition Month theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” Research confirms that taste is the determining factor for the foods that consumers choose on a daily basis. Though social, emotional, and health factors also play a role, people are likely to choose foods based on what they enjoy the most. This means that nutritional considerations often fall by the wayside. This year’s National Nutrition Month focuses on how to create meals that can be enjoyed and also promote good health.

Looking for a way to practice choosing foods that are both healthy and enjoyable? Try this optional week-long healthy eating challenge. Alternatively, you can try just a few meals or snack ideas from the list as another option!

Healthy Aggies Challenge

 Day 1

Breakfast

  • 1 cup steel-cut oatmeal with ½ cup berries, 2 T chopped walnuts
  • 1 medium banana

Lunch

  • 2 cups spring green salad with ½ garbanzo beans, ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese, ½ cup cherry tomatoes, ½ cup diced cucumber, 2 T olive oil vinaigrette

Snack

  • 1 apple and 2 T peanut butter

Dinner

  • 4 oz oven roasted pork with fennel
  • 1 roasted sweet potato
  • ¾ cup steamed chard with 2 T olive oil
  • 8 oz lowfat milk
  • 1 small brownie

Day 2

Breakfast

  • 2–egg spinach and mushroom omelet
  • 1 slice whole wheat toast
  • 1 medium banana

Lunch

  • 1 cup lentil soup
  • 1 cornbread muffin with 1 T honey

Snack

  • 3 whole wheat crackers with 1 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 1 apple

Dinner

  • 4 oz grilled salmon
  • 8 asparagus spears with olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 small handful chocolate covered almonds

Day 3

Breakfast

  • 1 whole wheat English muffin with 2T almond butter
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt ½ of a grapefruit

Lunch

  • 2 cups spinach tossed with 3 oz chicken, ½ cup shredded carrots, diced tomatoes, 1 T dressing

Snack

  • ½ cup trail mix (almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds)
  • 8 oz low-fat milk

Dinner

  • 3 oz. grilled tri–tip
  • 1 small baked potato topped with ½ cup sautéed mushrooms and onions
  • 2 cups spring greens with olive oil vinaigrette

Day 4

Breakfast

  • 1 cup raisin bran cereal
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • ¼ cup dried fruit
  • 1 orange

Lunch

  • Quesadilla with 3 oz. shredded pork and 1½ oz. shredded jack cheese on 8″ whole wheat tortilla
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 cup cabbage slaw with 1 T. avocado salad dressing

Snack

  • ½ cup plain yogurt with herb seasoning as dip for 1 cup total baby carrots and celery

Dinner

  • 4 oz. pan seared pork chop with 1 cup sautéed chard, shallots and mushrooms served over 3 small roasted red potatoes

Day 5

Breakfast

  • 1 whole wheat English muffin
  • 1 cup greek yogurt with ¼ cup almonds , drizzle of honey

Lunch

  • 2 slices whole grain bread and 3 oz. canned tuna with fresh parsley, celery and scallions ½ cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 banana

Snack

  • 2 cups of popcorn sprinkled with parmesan cheese
  • 1 mandarin orange

Dinner

  • 1 roasted chicken breast
  • 1 cup whole grain rice medley
  • 1 cup steamed green beans with sautéed shallots
  • 1 cup arugula and spinach with red onion and tomato slices and 1 T light dressing

 Day 6

Breakfast

  • 1 slice whole wheat toast with 1 T jam
  • 2 poached eggs
  • ½ grapefruit

Lunch

  • 1½ cups chicken noodle soup
  • Celery and carrots dipped with 3 T hummus
  • Small handful chocolate–covered almonds

Snack

  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 T almond butter

Dinner

  • 4 oz. grilled salmon
  • 1 cup steamed chard
  • 1 cup brown rice with fresh herbs and toasted pine nuts
  • 1 oz. dark chocolate and ½ cup strawberries

 Day 7

Breakfast

  • 2 poached eggs on 2 slices whole wheat toast
  • 1 chopped apple with cinnamon

Lunch

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread and 3 oz. roasted turkey and 1 oz. cheddar cheese with greens and sliced tomato
  • 1 kiwi

Snack

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt with small handful trail mix and honey
  • 1 mandarin orange

Dinner

  • 1 cup whole wheat pasta topped with lean ground beef–tomato sauce (fresh herbs, diced tomatoes, mushrooms)
  • 2 cups chopped kale salad with 1 T olive oil vinaigrette

Look for National Nutrition Month events going on at the UC Davis Dining Commons all month long!

8 thoughts on “National Nutrition Month

  1. This is a great post–I especially appreciate how you included a healthy menu for the week. I look forward to sharing this with friends and family.

  2. I love the Healthy Aggies Challenge! It’s a great way of pushing yourself to eat healthier foods. Your blogs always have great snack and meal ideas. I definitely will have to try one of these soon.

  3. Challenge accepted!
    I really like the idea of the Healthy Aggie Challenge! Something to do during Spring Break for sure!

  4. We should definitely try and spread the word of national nutrition month to more students! This challenge is so awesome, I might even have my parents give it a try 🙂

  5. Great way to promote National Nutrition Month, provide simple, flavorful recipes that everyone can make and enjoy. Love the meal ideas.

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