March: National Nutrition Month!

by Meg on March 1, 2012

Happy March first loves! Smile How is everyone ringing in the new month!? Did anyone get their booties to the gym bright and early this morning!? I know I did! Smile I was up by 7:30 and at the gym by 8:00 Smile I woke up later this morning because I got to bed later than usual last night. It was nice to have a little sleep in so I could be fully rested for the wonderful day we were blessed with today Smile 

After the gym, I spent the remainder of my morning studying for my exam on Saturday. I am feeling good about it, but will have to study more tonight and tomorrow.

As we welcome the new month of March, we also welcome National Nutrition Month! Smile As an aspiring Registered Dietitian, I am really excited about Nutrition Month Smile This year, Nutrition Month is dedicated to “busting up popular food and nutrition myths by bringing truths to Canadians from dietitians, the food and nutrition experts.” Source

I, too, want to contribute to Nutrition Month and offer some of the knowledge that I have in hopes to help others (YOU!) gain accurate knowledge on important nutrition information.
So, for the month of March I will be doing at least one post a week providing credible nutrition information for all of you to read and enjoy Smile

Today, will be the first post to kick off my nutrition-related posts! Smile So let’s get started! The topic for today is BEANS! Smile

One of my favourite types of beans in black beans Smile However, it is hard for me to actually choose a favourite because I love all types of beans!

Beans are so healthy for us and should be found in our diets regularly Smile So, I incorporated some black beans in my lunch today Winking smile 

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I started off with a bowl of fresh baby spinach, a serving of black beans (3/4 cup), and thinly sliced red cabbage.

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Then I topped it off with ground turkey, a spoon of Greek yogurt, and my favourite salsa

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It was a wonderful combination and very filling as I transferred it all into a much larger bowl after the photo shoot and added more turkey (to total a 6 oz. serving).

So why are beans so amazing? Well, they can be called “nutritional power houses!” Beans are a complex carbohydrate, high in protein and dietary fibre, low in fat, and cholesterol free! Beans also contain calcium, potassium, and folate. More specifically, black beans are very rich in folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.

Beans are so versatile and I have them very often Smile It’s funny, when I was younger I hated beans! When my Mom made chilli I would actually pick out all of the beans and give them to my Dad! Not now, though Winking smile Something changed and I love my beans!

I encourage you to try beans at least once this week and tell me how you used them in your meal plan Smile If you want, try the salad that I made above! It was fantastic! Or, if you want something more comforting, try my Turkey Pumpkin Chilli which is also made with black beans!

Do you have any goals for yourself for the new month of March?
Do you celebrate Nutrition Month?
My university even celebrates Nutrition Month! Smile I am so excited for all of the events that will be taking place!
What is your favourite type of bean?

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I found it so funny how most of you told me that your parking skills were very similar to mine Winking smile
I am so happy to know that I am not the only who who needs a little practice Winking smile 

Have a great day friends! Love you! And don’t forget! Tomorrow is High Five Friday! Open-mouthed smile

Meg
xoxoxoxoxo

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Sable@SquatLikeALady March 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I had no idea there even WAS a nutrition month, haha!

Love black beans — but love refried beans soooooooo much more :D YUM

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Kris | iheartwellness.com March 1, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I love cabbage!!! It is so good for you and I read its good for your complexion ;) I am heading to the gym now…I usually try to go earlier, but it was a late night for me too…sigh!

xxoo

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Alexandra March 1, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I didn’t know march was national nutrition month, how cool! I guess I’ll celebrate with trying out new recipes :)
I’m not really a huge fan of beans, but I like soybeans if that counts haha!

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sarah March 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Nutrition is SUCH a passion of mine , so I can’t wait to read your special posts:).
And yup, I love beans. That salad looks Soo good, a base of red cabbage and the greek yogurt topping would take it over the delicious edge for me. I see black beans all over American blogs, but they aren’t readily available at all where I live- iv never even tried them!
Soya/edamame beans and garbanzos are favourites of mine. Edamame are an essential japanese meal accompaniment IMO, and who doesn’t love hummous? Iv been addicted to making sweet , delicious banana bread hummous lately- one of my favourite blog reading discoveries I think.
Xxx

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 2:12 AM

I am so happy you are looking forward to the posts girl!! xxoo

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy March 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I absolutely love beans! My challenge for the month of March is to make my own veggie (bean) burgers! So I’ll definitely be enjoying my fair share of those little nutritional powerhouses this month!

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Julia @ girl with a stethoscope March 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I did get to the gym bright and early today too, yay us :)

I am so excited to read nutritional info on your blog..that’s an awesome idea to embrace this month!

xoxo

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 2:12 AM

yay us is right girlfriend ;)

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Haley @ Health Freak College Girl March 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM

i love national nutrition month! plus, i was born in march, so i always say that it was meant to be ;) my fav bean would have to be kidney. or black. haha. i love them all!

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Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition March 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

My goals for March

( I will be traveling)

1) Realize it’s not the last time I’m going to see food when I go out to eat

2) Bring my Yoga Mat and jump rope and exercise everyday!

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Great goals Jocelyn! So proud of you :)

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Emily March 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I’m glad you shared that it’s nutrition month- I had no idea!
I love beans. Especially since I’m vegan, they play a HUGE role in my diet. Black beans are my favorite too! (But, I really don’t discriminate…)
This salad looks delicious! The cabbage makes it so pretty. :)

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 2:13 AM

That’s what I thought too :D

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Meg March 1, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I LOVE black beans too! Another favorite is garbonzo beans.

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Linz @ Itz Linz March 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

i’ve never even heard of nutrition month, so thanks for sharing!! i looooooove beans! i make either an enormous batch of beany chili each week or just one bag (a pound) of black beans and use them throughout the week in any and everything… a favorite? whole wheat tortilla, egg whites, black beans, and salsa! good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Mmmmmm throw some avocado in there too?? ;)

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Caitlin March 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I LOVE BEANS. Haha I don’t know if I could choose a fave either. I think it’s a tie between black beans and chickpeas. Eh, black beans may win. But those two are fantastic. I love that bowl you made, looks like the kind of lunch I eat every day (when I’m not on vaca of course!)

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 2:14 AM

ya…. now all you have is mahi mahi and make me jealous ;)

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats March 2, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Yum! Putting chickpeas on my list right now! My nutrition goals for march are to stick with the Live Fit diet. I got a bit off track today but tomorrow will be better!

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Emma March 2, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Beans really do have it all: fiber, protein, carbs, hooray! And oh my goodness, ground turkey is the love of my life right now.

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Mmmmm so good girl :) how have you been enjoying it?

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Emma March 2, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Turkey Muffins! All day, everyday :)

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 2:40 AM

YAY :) do you follow Jamies recipe?

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Emma March 2, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Yup! I use zucchini instead of celery and add BBQ sauce. mmmm

Juliane March 2, 2012 at 2:27 AM

quick question! where do you pick up the sun warrior powder? i don’t want to order it online!

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 2:37 AM

sorry hun, I don’t use sun warrior?

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Heidi March 2, 2012 at 2:40 AM

That salad looks amazing!! :)

I love all beans lol but probably would say black is my fav. Thanks for all the info I am going to be looking these nutrition month posts!

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Awww yay that makes me so happy, love :)

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Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy March 2, 2012 at 2:43 AM

SOOO colourful and delicious looking…

And yay for March.

I think since you asked I should set a goal and that it’s going to be to get my 6-7 servings of whole grains and my 7-8 servings of fruits and veggies! I’m up to the challenge. :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 2, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Yay for nutrition month! :D

I think my favourite bean is a tie between black beans and chickpeas. I’ve got 4 cans of black beans in my pantry right now (I don’t even know how that happened lol!) so I definitely need to make something with them soon!

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Meg March 2, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Oh Chels, we are WAY too much alike. I HAVE SIX CANS. HAHAHAHAHAHA

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