March is National Nutrition Month, and while we always want to feed ourselves and our families the healthiest food choices, we sometimes get caught up in the busyness of life and lose sight of what’s important in our daily meal planning.  National Nutrition Month helps remind us that we are what we eat, and what we eat determines how well we function.

Greek Physician Hippocrates, also known as the “Father of Medicine,” famously quoted “Our food should be our medicine & our medicine should be our food.”

We all know that good nutrition helps us do better at work, at school, and in our daily lives as a whole.  Here are some of our favorite foods to help you stay on track and get the proper nutrition you need to live a healthy, happier lifestyle.

Apples – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Known for their powerful antioxidants, apples are naturally sweet and full of fiber and Vitamin C.

Avocado – Made up of the “good fats,” Avocado has heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that help lower your cholesterol and offer vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and potassium.

Beans – Boost your protein and fiber intake with kidney, black, garbanzo, chickpeas, lentil, peas, navy.. the list goes on!  These legume Superfoods are soft and easy to eat and provide an abundant source of key vitamins and minerals!

Bell Peppers – Cooked or Raw, one bell pepper provides more vitamin C than an orange. While both are key to good health, bell peppers offer a variety of nutritional benefits and make a great addition to some of your favorite dishes!

Berries – How fast can you call out all the different berry varieties? Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, loganberries, elderberries, huckleberries.. look them up, there’s plenty more! They contain anthocyanins, which improve vision and protect blood vessels and the nervous system.

Broccoli – What kid (or adult!) doesn’t love to pretend they are a friendly giant eating up these healthy “little trees.”  Broccoli is full of vitamins, fiber and rich in antioxidants.

Carrots – Crunchy or soft, carrots provide all kinds of health benefits and contain essential nutrients for growth and development , immunity and vision.

Chicken – Any chickatarians out there?  If you’re not a big meat eater but aren’t fully vegetarian, chicken is the way to go for a solid source of protein.  There are countless good recipes for cooking chicken and it goes well with virtually everything.  Did you know that dark meat chicken contains the good, healthy polyunsaturated fats? No wonder it’s so flavorful!

Eggs – However you choose to eat them, eggs are an excellent source of just about everything that’s good for our bodies and contain the highest biological value for protein. Full of iron, vitamins A & D, choline, healthy Omega-3’s fats.. the list goes on and on and they are quick and easy to make.

Yogurt – Each cup of yogurt contains a wealth of protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamins and and gut-friendly probiotics.  Mix it with fruits, nuts or granola for a hearty snack!

While we can go on and on about all the healthy foods out there, we hope this list helps you with an easy ‘go to’ source of what you can do to continue to integrate wise, healthy food choices into your daily routine.

If you love smoothies, visit our Irvine Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry Pinterest page for a list of 10 healthy, yummy kid friendly recipes!

For more information on what healthy food choices there are or if you are looking for brace-friendly recipes be sure to ask Dr. Tarek Abousheta or Dr. Bahar Ghafouri at your next orthodontic appointment!

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