Was eating healthier one of your New Year’s resolutions? This month is National Nutrition Month, so if healthy eating was a resolution that fell off of your list of priorities, now is the perfect time to start fresh with a healthy diet for you and your family.

This year, Innovation Health is working with Real Food for Kids to make healthy and nutritious meals a top priority all year round for students in our area. Real Food for Kids is a program in the Greater Washington area that collaborates with schools to increase the quality of school food, as well as develop and deliver programs that advance nutrition and health literacy. By working with Real Food for Kids, Innovation Health is helping programs like Food Day, Kids Cook, and Teen Taste Sense-ation continue their progress and teach kids the value and opportunities to eat healthy.

While reaching students in school is important to starting a healthy lifestyle, we as parents also need to encourage these healthy eating habits at home. To help you and your family eat healthier this year, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Hydrate the Right Way: It’s easy to reach for a diet soda in the afternoon or a sugary drink to get going in the morning, but these drinks provide little nutritional value and are loaded with sugar. Try swapping these drinks out with water. And, if you are looking for a boost of flavor, try infusing your water with fruit to make fun new flavor combinations.
  2. Taste the Rainbow: Add a little color to your meal with a variety of fruits and veggies! According to David Heber, author of What Color Is Your Diet, each color has a specific role in the body. They represent families of chemicals, or phytonutrients, which benefit different parts of the body. So the more colors, the better for you and your family!
  3. Pack the Power Trio: Fiber, Protein, Healthy Fat. According to Parents.com, these nutrients have “staying power” to keep you and your child feeling energized throughout the day.
  4. Try new things! Make a game out of trying new fruits, vegetables and healthy meals. Start a weekly tradition of trying one new food or different way of cooking an old favorite. Or head to your local farmers market over the weekend to find new fruits and vegetables to try.

Instilling healthy eating habits into kids at a young age will set them up for a healthy life. To learn more about the work Innovation Health and Real Food For Kids are doing in our area to promote healthy eating in schools visit: http://www.realfoodforkids.org/.