Healthy eating and nutrition starts at birth. Breastmilk is the best nutrition for a baby. It provides protective antibodies, healthy fats and over 200 other nutrients that are beneficial to a growing infant or child.
As we age, food can continue to provide those same benefits. The optimal foods to eat include foods that give us protection against life’s stressors. Instead of looking at foods as ‘good’, ‘bad’ or ‘healthy’, ‘unhealthy’, try to include foods in your diet that you know will boost your immune system and make you feel good. At the same time, try to limit foods that you know will not benefit your body.
Fruits, vegetable and whole grains are foods that are packed with lots of nutrients. They protect us against disease and help us to maintain an appropriate body weight. Meat and dairy give us the protein and energy we need to grow and stay strong. Include a variety of these foods in your diet to help keep your body healthy and strong.
Try this Sunshine Salad for a nutrient packed lunch. Add chicken and make it a dinner!
3 cups baby spinach, rinsed and drained
½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 pint fresh blackberries
1-2 mandarin oranges, peeled (or use canned mandarins, drained)
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
6 ounces feta cheese
Top with your choice of vinaigrette, try without a dressing first to see if it’s necessary – add a little extra virgin olive oil to include healthy fats. Make your own dressing by mashing some of the strawberries and blackberries, add some olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a few spices. Enjoy!