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March 14, 2017
Put Your Best Fork Forward

Put Your Best Fork Forward

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

It’s March, and that means it’s National Nutrition Month (NNM). This year’s theme, Put Your Best Fork Forward, encourages you to make small changes in food choices that can add up to big health rewards.

In the interest of NNM, and with a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, we’re highlighting green produce because it’s full of good nutrition, it’s versatile, and it’s delicious.

Broccoli Fritters are baked rather than fried which saves on unnecessary calories and fat. They’re a great way to improve your vegetable intake and get your kids interested in vegetables.

Two fritters topped with whipped cottage cheese serves up ¾ cup of broccoli, nearly half the vegetables you need in a day; a whopping 16 grams of protein, and almost 25% of your daily calcium needs. 

Make a double batch, and warm the fritters for snacks, for a light lunch or as a side dish for weeknight dinners. The fritters also make enticing appetizers!

Go green with these other Hood favorites:

Spinach-Banana Smoothie:  Use a banana frozen in chunks instead of ice for a more intense flavor. 

Fettucini with Sour Cream Pistachio Basil Pesto:  Pistachios and basil pack powerful phytonutrients (plant compounds) that support good health. 

Pita and Greens: A delicious meal ready in five minute! Use different greens for variety. 

Avocado Egg Salad: What makes egg salad even better? Avocado adds creaminess, and good nutrition.  Have it on whole grain bread to make it even better for you. 

Simply Smart Strawberry Kiwi Chia Smoothie: This drink is actually pink, so you can’t tell that it has an entire kiwi in it as well as a cup of sliced strawberries. That’s two servings of fruit! 

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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