Get Your Family Plate Fit with Tips from @weeklybite

A great guest post, and tomorrow March 14 a great Twitter Party.

Giveaways:
Produce for Kids will be giving away four (4) $25 grocery store gift cards during the Twitter party. Earthbound Farm will also be adding prizes to the gift cards that PFK will be giving away. Prizes TBD. Winners will be chosen at random during the Twitter party. Prizes from PFK and Earthbound Farm will be sent to winners separately.

National Nutrition Month

By: Estela Schnelle
March marks the beginning of National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is a month long campaign promoting nutrition education and information. “Get Your Plate In Shape” is this year’s theme and encourages consumers to remember to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day. Get your plate into shape and test out some of Produce for Kids Ideal Meals® for balanced, complete meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Here’s how you can get your family’s plate into shape:
Think before you eat. Before your family sits down to eat, think about what goes on their plate. This can easily be accomplished by putting some time aside to plan your family’s weekly meals. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy products and lean protein foods contain the nutrients we need without too many calories.
Divide your plate. Take your plate and divide it into four sections. One for whole grains, one for protein, one for fruit, and one for veggies. A low-fat dairy choice such as milk, yogurt, or cheese can be added on the side.
Choose 100% whole grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice. Check the ingredients list on food packages to find whole grain foods.
Switch to low fat or fat free dairy products. Fat free and low fat milk have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but less fat and calories.
Vary your protein choices. Eat a variety of foods from the protein food group each week, such as seafood, nuts and beans, as well as lean meat, poultry and eggs.
Don’t forget about physical activity. Incorporate daily activities your family can do together. Pick an activity everyone enjoys. Every bit adds up. Combine physical activity with smarter food choices and you and your family will be well on your way to getting your plate in shape.

Teach kids the importance of nutrition! Join @weeklybite @EarthboundFarm @produceforkids 3/14 @ 9pm ET:http://ow.ly/hXklx #HealthyKids

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