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National Nutrition Month Featured Blogger: Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD

March is National Nutrition Month sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, promoting the importance of making healthy & informed food choices. To celebrate, we’ll be highlighting expert Featured Bloggers all month long– sharing their tips and advice to help you lead a healthier life. Our first blogger, Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD Nutrition Counselor, Writer and Speaker, shares her tips for keeping your food plate balanced to promote a healthy diet!

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the theme just so happens to be, Get Your Plate in Shape! Today, with so many diets, meal plans, supplements, meal delivery services, restaurants, take-out options, and the seemingly ever-changing world of nutrition, people can become extremely confused when it comes to eating healthfully—and rightfully so!

Below, I share the top 5 ways to help you keep your plate in tiptop shape! Make these easy tips a daily habit, and you’ll be one step closer to a smaller waistline and better health. Cheers to that!

Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Plate in Shape

1. Go heavy on the produce: Whether you’re seeking optimal wellness, weight loss, or weight maintenance, loading your plate with produce will have you following suit! At least half your plate should be covered in vegetables. And if you’d like to nosh on some fruit along with your veggies, feel free. Bring on the green, baby!

2. Keep your grains whole: Choose brown rice, quinoa, oats, barley, farro, amaranth, or millet instead of white rice, white bread, pasta, cornbread, chips, or white-flour tortillas. ¼ of your plate should be loaded with filling and (tasty!) whole grains.

3. Load up on lean protein: Stick with lean picks (think chicken, turkey, fish, shellfish, pork or beef tenderloin, top loin, sirloin, or round, bottom cuts) and lean cooking methods (think baked, broiled, poached, roasted, or grilled). ¼ of your plate should be filled with lean protein.

4. Keep Calcium conscience: Calcium is key for healthy bone development, structure and function. Those 19-50 years of age need about 1,000 mg per day, and if you’re 51 or older, you need about 1,200 mg per day. Dairy products, such as Chobani’s 0% Greek yogurts, are the perfect way to sneak calcium into your diet—bonus: yogurt also gives you lots of muscle-boosting protein!

5. Stay portion-savvy:  When it comes to food portions, less is always more. If you’re trying to whittle your middle, but having a hard time, your plate may simply be too big! Goodbye dinner plates and hello salad plates.

What are your top plate tricks? To get a headstart on shaping up your plate, head on over to Corinne’s blog to win our newest flavors— packed with muscle-boosting protein & calcium!

About Corinne:

Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD is a leading nutrition counselor, writer, and speaker and trusted nutrition source for the media. She believes that optimal health starts with the activity that you do every day—eat. Corinne is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with a Masters in Nutrition who adores helping people find health through nutrition. You can find Corinne in the San Francisco Bay Area counseling, speaking, and writing about nutrition. She specializes in weight management, sports nutrition, and disordered eating. To learn more please visit Green Grapes Nutrition. You can also connect with Corinne on Twitter and Facebook.