Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Meatless Monday!

March 6th, 2017


March is always one of our favorite times to sit down at the table. It’s National Nutrition Month, where good food and food that’s good for you are served on the same plate. This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that you “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” encouraging parents to teach healthy eating habits to their children.

At Meatless Monday, we couldn’t agree more. The academy also suggests filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Of course, we believe in filling the whole plate with tasty veggies, fruits, nuts and whole grains. In fact, the nutrients in particular foods can actually help with certain health issues. So in celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’re going to spotlight specific foods each week that have a direct link in helping to reduce the risk of a chronic preventable disease. First up: Whole grains!

 

Heart Disease – Leading Cause of Death Among Women

You may remember hearing about this last month during the American Heart Association’s “Wear Red” event. It’s a serious health issue. Cardiovascular disease is listed as the underlying cause of nearly 801,000 deaths in the U.S. each year (about one of every three).

 

Whole Grains and Veggies Lower the Risk of Heart Disease

In a research study, health experts concluded an inverse association between dietary whole grains and cardiovascular disease. In other words, by eating more whole grains, you have less risk of developing heart disease. In a separate study, experts found that a higher consumption of fruit and vegetables is linked to a lower risk of all causes of death, particularly heart disease. Long story, short, whole grains and veggies are definitely heart smart.

 

Eat Healthy – and Tasty

Turns out you can have the best of both worlds: nutritious, flavorful veggies and wholesome tasty whole grains. See some of our favorite recipes below:

Sweet Potato Sorghum Salad

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Tahini Quinoa Bean Salad

Tahini Quinoa Bean Salad 1

 

Barley Fried Rice

barley fried rice