March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s time to focus on making smart, nutritious meal choices and increasing physical activity in order to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. As part of this month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has emphasized that Americans need to pay special attention to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which limits the amounts of added sugar, sodium, and saturated fats one should eat.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has named this year’s National Nutrition Month theme as “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”, emphasizing that meal choices should be both healthy and delicious. “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” also highlights the importance of appreciating food traditions and the pleasure of eating food, underscoring that how and why you eat is just as important as what you eat.
This month, celebrate National Nutrition Month with pasta, a meal that is not only tasty and nutritious, but also follows the Dietary Guidelines and perfectly fits the theme of “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”. In addition to having no added sugar or saturated fats, pasta is low sodium and cholesterol free. Pasta also provides folic acid, iron, and several B vitamins and also has a low glycemic index so it doesn’t cause blood glucose levels to rise. Additionally, as a complex carbohydrate, pasta provides a slow release of energy to help sustain energy throughout the day.
Properly representing the theme of “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” pasta is one of the best versatile meals that can be whatever you want to make of it. Pasta serves as a satisfying main dish or perfect complement to other food groups. With the ability to add any vegetables, proteins, and/or cheeses, and with endless possibilities for crafting a yummy sauce, pasta is the ultimate meal to celebrate National Nutrition Month.
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