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March is National Nutrition Month, a time to celebrate healthy eating According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “Food and nutrition play a crucial role in health promotion and chronic disease prevention.”

Not sure where to start with healthy eating? You’re not alone! It can be difficult to determine what foods are the best for you. Thankfully, the HHS has provided a wealth of resources to help you on your nutrition journey, including their Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 and the MyPlate app to help you find healthy foods on a budget.

HHS has also listed out a collection of simple tips (which you can find more info on here) that you can use to get started:

  • Focus on whole fruits
  • Vary your veggies
  • Make half your grains whole grains
  • Vary your protein routine
  • Move to low-fat or fat-free dairy milk or yogurt (or lactose-free dairy or fortified soy versions)
  • Choose foods and beverages with less added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium

For the entire month of March, we will have a display on the front wall of the library dedicated to healthy eating, with resources available in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Stop by and see what’s available!

We also wanted to highlight just a sprinkling of the resources to help you with your nutrition available at Herrick Library. Stop by the library to check out any of these titles, or follow the corresponding link to place a hold online.

  1. Cook smart, eat well : Mayo Clinic recipes and strategies for healthy living by Jennifer A. Welper, Wellness Executive Chef
  2. Milk Street vegetables : 250 bold, simple recipes for every season by Christopher Kimball
  3. The complete salad cookbook : a fresh guide to 200+ vibrant dishes using greens, vegetables, grains, proteins, and more (eBook) by America’s Test Kitchen
  4. Healthy air fryer : 75 feel-good recipes, any meal any air fryer (eBook) by America’s Test Kitchen
  5. The nutritionist’s kitchen : transform your diet and discover the healing power of whole foods by Carly Knowles, MS, RDN, LD
  6. That Sugar Film (documentary)
  7. The Blue Zones challenge : a 4-week plan for a longer, better life by Dan Buettner
  8. The Blue Zones kitchen : 100 recipes to live to 100 by Dan Buettner ; with photographs by David McLain
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