If you didn’t already know, March is National Nutrition Month! At Camp Pocono Trails we promote living a healthy lifestyle for children’s weight loss, which includes well-balanced nutrition. All 3 of the meals served each day and both snacks given out are based off of the latest “My Plate” guidelines focusing on portion control, balancing all food groups, and proper nutritional elements. Camp Pocono Trails campers attend nutrition lessons, cooking lessons, and behavior modification classes, providing them with the tools to continue this healthy lifestyle back home. The nutrition sessions cover child and teen nutrition and include lessons like reading nutrition labels, modifying all time favorites to be healthier, and teaching the basic principles of nutrition.
In the honor National Nutrition Month, here are some fun nutritional facts:
- A serving of kale has more absorbable calcium than a small carton of milk.
- Avocados are naturally FULL of nutrition, so there’s no need for special labels. They’re full of flavor; think of all of the meals you can healthify with avocado!
- Fruits with a lot of vitamin C, like oranges, will help your cuts heal faster. They can also make your teeth nice and strong.
- To burn off one plain M&M, you must walk the full length of a football field.
- Soda intake leaches calcium out of the bones, which contributes to lower bone mineral density.
- Dark chocolate contains a lot of antioxidants that can help reduce blood pressure. A serving size of dark chocolate after dinner is a great dessert to satisfy that after-dinner sweet tooth!
To continue the celebration of National Nutrition Month, here are some tips on how you can maintain good nutrition:
Don’t forget to eat breakfast.
Eating a healthy breakfast gets your body going for the rest of the day. It’s the most important meal of the day!
Substitute whole grains for white breads and pastas.
They have a lot of more nutritional value and keep you full for longer. Plus, they’re just as tasty!
Raw vegetables make a great snack!
Increasing the amount of vegetables in your daily intake is always helpful. They have a high vitamin and mineral content and a low calorie count. They’re great for snacking and still provide that “crunchy-munchy” feeling we all crave!
Drink plenty of water.
Try and replace a sugary or even diet drink with a glass of water. Though diet drinks have no calories, they still have plenty of chemicals. Drinking water makes you feel fuller and can increase your metabolism. Infusing fresh fruits and vegetables into your water is a great way to make a tasty drink! Plus, you’ll drink some of the nutrients from the fruits and vegetables!