National Nutrition Month — put your best fork foward

Published 8:01 am Sunday, March 19, 2017

The 2017 National Nutrition Month theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”

You may have heard put your best foot forward, but what does put your best fork forward mean? One bite at a time, one forkful at a time, one snack/meal at a time, one step at a time. All these small changes add up to forward progress toward a healthier lifestyle.

How much versus what we eat.  Is one more important that the other? Not necessarily; both are equally important. You want the majority of your calories to be nutrient dense, meaning rich in nutrients for the number of calories involved.

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For example, 500 calories from candy (low nutrient density) is quite different than 500 calories from blueberries (high nutrient density).  For a nutrient dense soup, check out the turkey-white bean chili recipe at the end of this article.

Best fork forward

Snack Smarter: Perhaps it’s your sweet tooth that’s the hardest to satisfy while still making an effort to live a healthy lifestyle. For the sweet and salty combination, try mixing dark chocolate chips into a homemade trail mix with nuts, seeds and popcorn.  Purchase chocolate-covered berries and dried fruit; then portion into single-serving bags so you are ready to curb those sweet cravings and still stay on track.

Ask the experts: Because Hy-Vee knows the value of health and the impact it can have on our lives, the company has a force of more than 225 registered dietitians ready to help you reach your wellness goals. Registered dietitians are the real nutrition experts.

From store tours to cooking classes to individual consultations to Begin, a 10-week weight management program, Hy-Vee registered dietitians offer many different services to make your life easier, healthier and happier. Now is the perfect time to take back your health by signing up for Begin and change your lifestyle. Contact your local Austin Hy-Vee store to set-up an appointment with me.

If not now, when? Put your best foot and fork forward in celebration of National Nutrition Month.

Turkey-White Bean Chili

Turkey-White Bean Chili

Turkey-White Bean Chili

Serves 4

All you need

•Hy-Vee nonstick olive oil cooking spray

•1 lb. 99 percent-lean ground turkey breast

•1 cup chopped onion

•1 (1.25-oz.) packet Hy-Vee 30 percent-less-sodium taco seasoning mix

•½ cup chopped red bell pepper

•½ cup chopped green bell pepper

•2 cups Hy-Vee 33%-less-sodium chicken broth

•1 (15.8-oz.) can reduced sodium great northern beans

•1 (10-oz.) can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies

•1 (8-oz.) can Hy-Vee tomato sauce

Desired toppings: Hy-Vee plain Greek yogurt, chopped cilantro, avocado slices or Hy-Vee reduced-fat finely shredded Mexican cheese blend.

All you do

1. Spray a stock pot with nonstick cooking spray. Place turkey, onion and seasoning mix in stock pot. Cook over medium heat until turkey is brown and onion is tender.

2. Stir in bell pepper, broth, beans, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Serve with desired toppings.

Dietitian’s Tip: Top this chili with a few slices of the dietitian’s pick of the month — avocado!

Source: Hy-Vee Balance

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.