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Small goals can have a cumulative, healthful effect. Every little bit of nutrition is a step in the right direction! During National Nutrition Month in March, we want you to remember that food is “Fuel for the Future” so use this monthly calendar to give you tips throughout the month. Some simple ways to get started eating better include planning nutritious, tasty meals in advance and learning how to prepare them at home. It is recommended that you eat a variety of nutritious foods from all of the food groups and take time to read Nutrition Facts Labels. For personalized nutrition advice, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area.

Eating with sustainability in mind is a tasty way to nourish ourselves during every phase of life and protect the environment. If you go to the official website for National Nutrition Month, you will find a wealth of information with 5 weekly themes.

  1. Eat with the environment in mind
  2. See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
  3. Stay nourished and save money
  4. Eat a variety of foods from all food groups
  5. Make tasty foods at home

Another tool available to you is the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines translates the current science on diet and health into guidance to help people choose foods and beverages that comprise a healthy and enjoyable dietary pattern—the “what” and “how much” of foods and beverages to consume to achieve good health, reduce risk of diet-related chronic diseases, and meet nutrient needs. The Dietary Guidelines are just one piece of the nutrition guidance landscape to help people learn how to make informed food choices and develop healthy eating and physical activity habits.

 Early spring in North Carolina means an abundance of root vegetables. For our Extension At Home workshop this month, we will focus on how to “Eat Seasonally  – Root Vegetables”. Join us on Thursday, March 2nd at 11:00 a.m. (EST) as we talk about how we can enjoy these local, seasonal, nutritious delights. This workshop is free to attend so register now!!

Enjoy this delicious recipe from the NC Sweetpotatoes Commission website.

Sweetpotato Breakfast Bake

Serves 12

1 cup sweet potatoes
½ cup turkey sausage crumbles (or cooked turkey bacon)
¼ cup green onions, sliced
½ cup bell pepper, diced
½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
9 eggs, beaten
½ tsp black pepper

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Evenly spread sweet potatoes, sausage/bacon, green onions, and bell peppers into the dish. Pour eggs carefully into the baking dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese and black pepper on top of eggs. Bake dish for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Slice into 12 even pieces and serve hot.

Nutrition Information: 94 calories, 6g fat, 141mg sodium, 133mg potassium, 7g protein