National Nutrition Month Belly Fat Blasting Foods
“Get Your Plate in Shape” is the theme of this year’s March National Nutrition Month healthy eating campaign for encouraging the public to fill their plates with belly fat blasting foods. The National Nutrition Month campaign was created by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with the focus on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
The key message of this year’s National Nutrition Month campaign via eatright.org is that in order to lose weight and achieve a healthy lifestyle, people need to learn to choose food mindfully by taking into consideration what you put on your plate one meal at a time. One of the most important points of eatright.org is to focus on making 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal toward building a healthy plate that is at least ½ fruits and veggies.
To help people become mindful of their plateful and discover the most important source of belly fat blasting foods, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers 20 tips on how to enjoy fruits and vegetables as summarized below:
20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables
1. Using vegetables as your pizza topping is an easy and tasty way to integrate more vegetables into your diet. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.
2. Breakfast smoothies made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana is a healthy and great way to begin a healthy day.
3. Veggie wraps made with roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese rolled in a whole-wheat tortilla are just as filling and a healthier choice than a fast food chain burger.
4. Choose crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite low-fat salad dressing for dipping.
5. Grilled vegetable kabobs packed with tomatoes, green and red peppers, mushrooms and onions is a great way to go for a meatless meal.
6. Add color and nutrients to your salad with baby carrots, grape tomatoes, spinach leaves or mandarin oranges.
7. Handy to carry snack bags with red, green or yellow peppers, broccoli or cauliflower florets, carrots, celery sticks, cucumbers, snap peas or whole radishes are great for mid-afternoon snacks, side dishes, lunch box additions or a quick nibble while waiting for dinner.
8. Keep a bowl of colorful fruit in the center of your kitchen or dining table where everyone can easily grab something for a snack-on-the-run.
9. Pureeing apples, berries, peaches or pears in a blender for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, or on pancakes, French toast or waffles is a good way to curb your occasional sweet tooth cravings.
10. Stuff your omelets with vegetables such as broccoli, squash, carrots, peppers, tomatoes or onions with low-fat sharp cheddar cheese.
11. Layer in fruits and vegetables like pineapple, apple, peppers, cucumber and tomato as fillings for your “Dagwood” style sandwich.
12. Wake up to fruit by making a habit of adding fruit to your morning oatmeal, cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle.
13. Skip the sour cream and bacon bits with your baked potato and try beans, salsa or broccoli with low-fat cheese.
14. A vegetable cup of soup as a snack or with a sandwich for lunch will make you feel fuller and help you meet your daily vegetable goal.
15. Incorporate grated, shredded or chopped vegetables such as zucchini, spinach and carrots to lasagna, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, pasta sauce and rice dishes as a tasty way to sneak in veggies.
16. Fruit should be your first choice as your dessert. Try slicing a banana lengthwise and top with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt and a tablespoon of chopped nuts.
17. Portion containers of frozen vegetables that you can steam or stir-fry for a quick side dish.
18. Dark, leafy greens with colorful vegetables, chickpeas or edamame (fresh soybeans) can be a main dish for a meal. Be sure to watch the fat and calories by choosing a low-fat dressing.
19. Fruit kabobs on the grill using slices of pineapples, peaches and bananas that are grilled under low heat until golden makes a tasty and eye-pleasing dish.
20. Do the Dip: Try whole wheat pita wedges in hummus, baked tortilla chips in salsa, strawberries or apple slices in low-fat yogurt, or graham crackers in applesauce in place of salty chips with sour cream dips.
Getting your plate in shape along with your belly by choosing belly fat blasting fruits and vegetables is one of the easiest no-gimmick ways toward achieving a flat belly and a healthier lifestyle. For additional information on a no-gimmick way to lose weight for free (or even for pay), follow this link to an article on weight loss research programs.
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