Celebrating National Nutrition Month As Part Of Assisted Living In Bradenton, FL

There’s a lot to love about March: the official arrival of spring, the beginning of later sunsets thanks to Daylight Saving Time, and — for our foodie friends — National Nutrition Month! This yearly holiday is the perfect time to celebrate wholesome, feel-good foods and the role they play in powering our lives.

Here in Florida, especially, we’re fortunate enough to have access to fresh produce all year long. Of course, embracing nutritious eating isn’t just about health. It’s a journey of fun, taste, and discovery too!

At Westminster Manor’s assisted living in Bradenton, FL, nutrition is a crucial pillar of our multi-dimensional “My W Life” wellness program. Whether you’re having breakfast, lunch, or dinner at our restaurant-style dining, or learning from the experts at our Health Resource Center, it’s easy to find ways to take your nutrition to the next level when you call Westminster Manor “home.”

Good nutrition is a must at any age. But as we grow, it takes on an even bigger role — serving as a cornerstone of vitality, strength, and mental acuity so we can be our best selves.

As always, you’ll want to consult with your medical team for nutrition guidelines that are specific to you. But in honor of National Nutrition Month, here are a few handy rules of thumb that might be able to help you get started on a nutritious (and delicious) journey this spring.

For starters, here are some of the ways nutrition keeps you operating at your best:

Immune Function: A diet rich in fruits, veggies, and lean protein can boost the immune system.

Mental Wellbeing: Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and walnuts, can support brain health.

Digestive Health: High-fiber foods, such as whole grains and leafy greens, help your digestive system run its best.

Strong Bones: Calcium and vitamin D are essential for maintaining bone density and preventing osteoporosis.

Wondering how to live more nutritiously? There are lots of easy places to start, including:

Checking Out A Farmers Market

One of the most enjoyable ways to incorporate nutrition into your life is by visiting local farmers markets. These markets are treasure troves of fresh, seasonal produce that pack a punch in terms of flavor and nutrients.

Each visit, buy a piece of produce you’ve never tried before. This can be a fun way to discover new favorites and add variety to your diet, without it really feeling like “work.” Depending on the event, you may even be able to chat with a local farmer and learn from the firsthand knowledge about the produce they’re selling!

Cooking With Loved Ones

Cooking doesn’t have to be a solo task. Make it a social event by involving friends, family, or neighbors. Hosting potlucks, for example, can be a great way to share recipes, learn new cooking techniques, and enjoy nutritious meals together. Or, leave the work to us and keep a standing dinner appointment with your Westminster Manor neighbors! Either way, we bet you’ll find that nutritious eating is even more fun with a friend by your side.

Tech Time

A beloved cookbook or handwritten recipe card from a loved one is always going to be a special treasure worth using in your kitchen. But there are also handy online options that you can use to supplement your nutrition journey — from grocery apps to engaging cooking tutorials (perfect for those who prefer to see a meal come to life, rather than read about it line by line).

Following Food Fads

Food trends are always coming and going — so while you probably have your tried-and-true classics, it’s rewarding to find new “superfoods,” too! This spring, have some fun experimenting with different herbs and seasonings to expand your palate in a meaningful way.

Presentation Points

They say you eat with your eyes and your stomach — and, well, we couldn’t agree more. The visual aspect of food can take your dining experience to the next level, making you more likely to turn for nutritious goodies in the future. Plus, “eating the rainbow” is a great way to get nutrients that are associated with different food hues.

Staying Hydrated

H2O plays a powerful role in a healthy, well-fueled body! If you want to mix things up, try infusing water with fresh-cut fruit for a sweet, refreshing touch.

We hope that these ideas help you celebrate National Nutrition Month — and bring these delicious takeaways with you throughout the year, too!

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