MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy Nutrition Month is a great time to focus on meal planning and ways to make it easier, said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Wallinger, a dietitian with the Navy Physical Readiness Office, March 8.
"Meal planning overwhelms many, but there are strategies that can keep it simple. The choosemyplate.gov website for example, shows you how a balanced plate will look and divides the plate into four components plus dairy," continued Wallinger. "Once you know what your plate will look like, it's just a matter of choosing foods within each category."
The choosemyplate.gov website walks you through building a great plate with about one-half fruits and vegetables, one-quarter whole grains, and one-quarter lean protein. Selecting the least processed foods low in added sugar, salt and fat will be among the best choices, but even if one chooses other foods, they can still strike a balance by filling the other components with good choices.
"Have fun in the kitchen when building your plate, involve your friends and family," stressed Wallinger. "Including your kids in selecting foods allows them to be part of the process and is a great way to improve eating habits. Knowing more about our food and where it comes from tends to make healthful choices easier."
Navy Physical Readiness (www.npc.navy.mil/support/physical) has several nutrition resources to help people stay energized and create a positive impact to their body and mind. The Navy Operational Fueling card deck (www.npc.navy.mil/support/physical/Documents/NOFFS_Operational%20Fueling.pdf) offers guidance on how to choose foods and portions and also includes "nutrition rules to live by."
Additionally, the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center has launched its Healthy Living initiative (www.nmcphc.med.navy.mil/Healthy_Living), in conjunction with DoD's Operation Live Well (www.defense.gov/home/features/2012/0812_live-well/), underscoring the relationship between physical and emotional wellness.
For more information, visit the Navy Nutrition Web Page at www.npc.navy.mil/support/navynutrition/Pages/default2.aspx.
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