Mud Season and National Nutrition Month

March in Montana is known as “mud season”- that time of transition when the frozen soil thaws and prepares for the renewal of spring. March is also the time WIC at the GCCHD celebrates National Nutrition Month®. What a great time of year for our families to “bite into a healthy lifestyle” and in due season transform their food and activity choices for the warm weather ahead.

Lifestyle change results from making choices over a period of time. Much like spring comes forth after a long mud season, “healthy lifestyles” evolve from the little “bites” we choose to take in over the days and seasons of our lives. Do your eating habits feel as if they are a bit “stuck in the mud”?

Making more nutritious choices does not have to be an overwhelming task. Changes can be gradual and incorporated by tweaking simple daily choices.

boyveggiesHere are some nutrition “bites” that may help your family spring through mud season into a healthier growing season:

  • Have your children pick one new fruit or vegetable at the store to try
  • Involve your children in choosing and preparing one meal this week
  • Enjoy the foods you like but in moderation and small portion sizes
  • Make a gardening plan with your family – in pots, a yard plot, or community garden. Get excited about the new foods you can grow and eat!
  • Buy ingredients for one new recipe and make it this week
  • Find some great recipes for using produce here: http://townesharvest.montana.edu/produce.html

 

mudpuddingIn honor of “mud season” try this healthier twist on a sweet MUD PUDDING recipe:

2 large avocados – peeled, pitted and cubed

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Blend avocados, cocoa powder, brown sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate pudding until chilled, about 30 minutes.

 

 

Check out these fun resources for National Nutrition Month:

Nutrition Games:
http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/nnm/games/

Nutrition Reading List:
http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/gnrl/

Nutrition Blogs:
http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/nnm/blogroll/ – .VQmf4RDF_Ws

 

For more information on WIC services and resources check out http://healthygallatin.org/healthy-people-families/wic/