Happy National Nutrition Month!!! 😀
[And Happy Birthday to my dear friend Mary! <3 Have a wonderful birthday, hun! 🙂 ]
The first National Nutrition Week was in 1973. By 1980, the campaign stretched to an entire month — the month of March. I thought about how I could recognize National Nutrition Month here on Prevention RD, and I decided to highlight a different disease or condition each day that can be impacted by nutrition. I view nutrition as very powerful stuff; I feel proper nutrition can help prevent anything from heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease. So each day in March I will highlight a specific condition and it’s nutritional significance. While many of you may know this information, I feel it is my dietitian duty to get the word out. And sometime between today and March 31st, I hope you can learn a thing or two, too!
First up: Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women. Heart disease encompasses coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. Ways to prevention heart disease: smoking cessation, maintaining a healthy weight, lowering cholesterol, exercising, and controlling blood pressure. All but smoking cessation are diet and nutrition-related.
Specifically, reduce caloric intake and increase caloric expenditure through exercise to lose weight, if necessary. Increase dietary fiber intake through fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes while decreasing sodium (salt) intake by reducing processed food intake and dining out. Omit added salt to foods and rinse canned vegetables well. Opt for low-sodium varieties when available. Initiate an exercise routine that includes both cardiovascular and resistance components and aim to include 30-60 minutes of exercise most days of the week. The lower the intensity of your workout, the longer the duration ought to be.
I don’t know if you noticed but the National Nutrition Month theme this year is: Nutrition From the Ground Up! And what a timely theme it is as I finished my garden bed yesterday! Lily and I posed in the bed below.
[ Disclaimer: I look like a hot mess because I had just played a hockey game! ]
And it wouldn’t be a Monday post without a new recipe to share…
Honey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies adapted from wholegraingourmet.com
1 cup + 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup oil (grapeseed or canola)
1 Tbsp molasses
1 egg (beat with 1 Tbsp water)
1 tsp Vanilla
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. Hint: when measuring out the honey, spray the measuring cup with oil or baking spray–your honey won’t stick). Mix the wet stuff with the dry stuff. Add the chocolate chips.
Cool the mix for 20 minutes in the fridge.
Preheat the oven to 335º F.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your baking sheet (I recommend lining the baking sheet with parchment paper). Press down with a fork to ensure even cooking. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes or until golden on the bottom of the cookie.Yield: 19 large cookies
Nutrition Information (per cookie): 149 calories; 7.8 g. fat; 66 mg. sodium; 19.4 g. carbohydrate; 1.3 g. fiber; 1.1 g. protein
Result: Eh. I give these cookies a “C”. They were very easy, but the flavor is just a bit burnt and I’m thinking this could be due to the honey in place of sugar. Honey burns very easily. Would I make them again? Maybe.
Question: Did you know it was National Nutrition Month? Is there a certain disease/condition you are interested in learning more about in relation to it’s nutritional implications? I may be able to squeeze it in, or it may already be on my list 🙂
Random question: I’m thinking of painting my garden — any color suggestions? I originally thought red, but I’m leaning towards green. Thoughts? Help!
P.S. The disease/condition requests are separate from the Q&A questions. Send any Q&A questions on over — I should be posting this week’s Q&A tomorrow or Wednesday! Thank you!
Have a wonderful week,