March Is National Nutrition Month This Year’s Theme Is “Fuel for the Future”
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National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created 50 years ago in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.
This year’s theme is Fuel for the Future. Eating with sustainability in mind is a tasty way to nourish ourselves during every phase of life and protect the environment. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help you create healthy habits that are sustainable and celebrate your unique needs.
If you go to the official website for National Nutrition Month, you will find a wealth of information. Each week there are four messages and a theme. This week’s theme is Eat with the environment in mind.
- Enjoy more plant based meals and snacks
- Purchase foods with minimal packaging
- Buy foods in season and shop locally when possible
- Start a container or backyard garden to grow food at home
Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
- 1 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed
- 1 ripe avocado, diced
- ¼ cup prepared Pico de Gallo or other salsa
- ¼ cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
- Lime wedges for serving
- Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat broiler. Combine chipotles, oil, garlic powder and cumin in a small bowl.
- Oil the grill rack or a rimmed baking sheet, if broiling. Season chicken with salt. Grill the chicken for 5 minutes or broil it on the prepared baking sheet for 9 minutes. Turn, brush with the chipotle glaze and continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165°F, 3 to 5 minutes more on the grill or 9 minutes more under the broiler.
- Transfer to a clean cutting board. Chop into bite-size pieces.
- Assemble each burrito bowl with ½ cup quinoa, ½ cup chicken, ½ cup lettuce, ¼ cup beans, ¼ avocado, 1 tablespoon Pico de Gallo (or other salsa) and 1 tablespoon cheese. Serve with a lime wedge.
Serves 4, each serving contains Calories 52; Fat 19 g., Fiber 9 g., Carbohydrates 36 g., Protein 46 g., Cholesterol 90 mg., Sugars 3 g., Sodium 462 mg., Potassium 995 mg.
Chicken Breasts with Creamy Chive Sauce
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (about 1 pound), trimmed of fat
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 large shallots, finely chopped
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
- ⅓ cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ½ cup chopped chives, (about 1 bunch)
- Place chicken between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even thickness, about ½ inch. Season both sides of the chicken with ½ teaspoon salt. Place ¼ cup flour in a shallow glass baking dish and dredge the chicken in it. Discard the excess flour.
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, cover and keep warm.
- Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring constantly and scraping up any browned bits, until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon flour; stir to coat. Add wine, broth and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt; bring to a boil, stirring often.
- Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until heated through and no longer pink in the center, about 6 minutes. Stir in sour cream and mustard until smooth; turn the chicken to coat with the sauce. Stir in chives and serve immediately.
Serves 4, each serving contains Calories 257; Fat 9 g., Fiber 0 g., Carbohydrates 12 g., Protein 26 g., Cholesterol 70 mg., Sugars 1 g., Sodium 643 mg., Potassium 390 mg.
Quinoa Shrimp and Grits
- ¾ cup quinoa
- 5 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 4 cups Swiss chard, chopped
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 4 scallions, green parts only, minced
- Place quinoa in a medium pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until quinoa is tender and has absorbed almost all the liquid, about 12-15 minutes. Stir in the cheese and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and Cajun seasoning, toss to coat and cook until plump and opaque, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Add Swiss chard and water to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chard wilts. Remove from heat and whisk in yogurt.
- Divide quinoa among 4 bowls, top with chard and shrimp, and garnish with scallions.
Serves 4, each 1 ½ cup serving contains Calories 409, Fat 15 g., Carbohydrates 28 g., Sodium 643 mg., Fiber 4 g., Sugar 4 g., Protein 40 g.
Grilled Fish Tacos
- 4 (4-ounce) tilapia fillets
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
- 1 tablespoons Ancho chili powder
- 2 jalapeños, chopped and divided
- 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
- ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 garlic clove
- Pinch of salt
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 8 soft (6-inch) corn tortillas
- ¼ small head of cabbage, shredded
- Place fish in a baking dish and squeeze three wedges of lime over it. Whisk together the oil, chili powder and half of the chopped jalapeno, and pour over the fish. Let marinate for 15 minutes
while you make the salsa.
- In a small bowl, toss together the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic and remaining jalapeno and lime juice.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish with salt. Coat pan with cooking spray.
- Add fish to pan; cook for 2 minutes. Turn fish over; cook for 1 minute.
- Working with one at a time, heat tortillas over medium-high heat directly on the eye of a burner for about 20 seconds on each side or until lightly charred.
- Arrange half of a tilapia fillet on each tortilla and garnish with cabbage and salsa.
Serves 4, each two taco serving contains Calories 325, Fat 9 g., Carbohydrates 35 g., Sodium 128 mg., Fiber 6 g., Sugar 7.5 g., Protein 25 g.