Did you know September is a great month to gain inspiration for your health and wellness journey? That’s because September is family meals month, food safety month, fruit and veggie month, and cholesterol month all rolled into one. Wait! I promise it’s going to be fun. Read on for five ways to weave these important concepts into your meals in a fun and rewarding way.
- Take the temperature. Cooking isn’t hard if you remember one simple thing. Cook everything to proper temperature. This will help make sure your meal turns out right—and safe.
- Eat your colors! Fruits and vegetables are such a fun find in every season, and nature helps us build in variety. Simply choose different colors of fruits and veggies each week—making sure to get green and orange, especially. Yep, it can be that simple to start making better choices.
- Pay attention to portions. It’s easy to fit in favorites, even if they are a bit more decadent. Take the time to measure your cups, bowls, and plates so you can more accurately estimate how much you are eating and make adjustments as needed. Find tools that work. Be sure to take advantage of the recipes, shopping tips and other tools and resources on this site to help you take the guesswork out of meals and shopping. And read front-of-package nutritional information to navigate choices efficiently when shopping and at home or in your pantry.
- Eat together. There is so much good that can come out of sharing a meal together. Did you know, for example, that family meals can help improve attendance and helps keep kids off drugs? Read more from our new IGA Cares partner, Partnership for Drug Free Kids!
Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND