National Nutrition Month

Healthy lunch and snacksMarch is National Nutrition Month, and the team at Jefferson Surgical Clinic wants to help you and your family live a healthy lifestyle.

Eating As a Family

It’s been said that eating together as a family can improve the communication and relationships among family members. By eating together, children see the eating habits of their parents. Children are less likely to eat foods if they feel pressured, so make meal times a relaxed setting. It is also important to serve them foods that everyone likes to eat, and not pressure them to try foods you are not keen on. 

Dinner has historically been designated as family meal time, but adjusting work schedules and extra-curricular activities can make it challenging for families to eat this meal together. As a result, many have shifted toward making breakfast the family meal. 

Making Healthy Snack Choices

Keeping seasonal fruits and vegetables on hand for snacks and meals is helpful when encouraging healthy food choices. By limiting many processed snacks, you can train your family to make healthier choices. 

Providing healthy dips for fruits and veggies can be a great way to encourage children to eat their whole lunch at school.

Trying New Foods

By adding new foods to your weekly menu, you can encourage the whole family to broaden their taste buds. In some cases, you can hide vegetables in plain sight by switching pasta for spaghetti squash or zoodles (zucchini noodles), or adding more vegetables into some dishes, like tacos or pulled pork sandwiches. 

If you’re looking for a few new recipes, we have some suggestions for you. Contact the team at Jefferson Surgical Clinic by calling 540-283-6000 today.