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  • Think ‘in, out, out’ for healthy salads

      In last week’s column, I talked about fruits and vegetables and the health recommendations that we all should be eating more fruits and vegetables. The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans say we should aim for two-and-a-half cups of vegetables and two cups of fruit each day. That shouldn’t be too hard to do, but the current statistics show that 75 percent of us don’t get close to that amount.

  • Growing your own strawberries

     

    It’s strawberry picking time in southeastern North Carolina. That always brings some questions about growing those big, juicy berries in the home garden. Unfortunately, the strawberries you see growing commercially in the fields of local producers are nearly impossible to grow at home.

  • Eating lots of fruits and vegetables

      Eat more fruit. Eat more vegetables. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. These are the general recommendations we’re hearing from health experts everywhere. They all agree we should all be eating more fruits and veggies.

  • Shaking the salt habit

     

    In last week’s column, I talked about the recommendation that most Americans should cut back on the amount of sodium we consume. The goal would be less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day and for some even less. When we say sodium in the diet, in general we’re referring to salt, which is a combination of sodium and chloride. If you’re not really into milligrams, 2,300 milligrams would be as much sodium as you get in a little less than a teaspoon of salt.

     

    Cutting back is easier said than done

  • Annual plant sale heralds spring

     

    Spring fever outbreaks have been tempered by the cool breath of Old Man Winter during the past few days, but rest assured that a brand new gardening season is heating up. And, nothing says “it’s spring” quite like the Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum. This year’s event is Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

  • Sodium awareness

     

    I think most of us know it is wise to reduce the amount of sodium we consume. The average American takes in about 3,440 milligrams of sodium per day. Since men usually eat more food in general, they get more sodium than women. The average intake for adult men is 4,240 milligrams and for adult women the average is 2,980 milligrams per day. Nutrition experts all agree this is too high.

  • Planning for summer color in the garden

        Unless the garden gods really don’t like us, it looks like we have seen our last frost for this winter season. With that in mind, we can begin one of the most pleasurable garden tasks: Planning for summer color.

  • Healthy eating on the run

      You probably eat out a lot; most Americans do. We’re all looking for fast, easy and good tasting foods to fit our busy lifestyles. Whether it’s carryout, food court, office cafeteria or a sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices everywhere, but it does take some work.

    In honor of National Nutrition Month, here are a month full of tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help you eat healthy when eating out.

  • Eating right for older adults

     Each year in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month. The goal of this month-long celebration is to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for this year’s celebration has been “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.”

  • Special snacks for adults

     March is National Nutrition Month. This is the third column in recognition of this celebration. So often we hear ideas for healthy snacks for children, and this list from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips especially designed with adults and teens in mind.

    Make snacks work for you by choosing nutrient-rich foods from the grains, fruit, vegetable, dairy and protein food groups. Snacks can boost your energy between meals and supply essential vitamins and minerals. There is a place for snacks in a healthy eating plan. Just choose wisely.