Nutrient Density is where It’s At!

It’s national Nutrition Month and what better way to celebrate than getting your bang for your nutritional buck all month! Let’s start with nutrient density. If you eat the right foods in the appropriate proportions, you’ll likely to get nutrients your body craves (and needs) while still consuming less calories. That’s what I tell my Lifestyle 180 participants and it works! That’s because some of the best-for-you foods have the lowest amount of calories. Just check out these comparisons:

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It’s national Nutrition Month and what better way to celebrate than getting your bang for your nutritional buck all month!  Let’s start with nutrient density.  If you eat the right foods in the appropriate proportions, you’ll likely to get nutrients your body craves (and needs) while still consuming less calories.  That’s what I tell my Lifestyle 180 participants and it works! That’s because some of the best-for-you foods have the lowest amount of calories. Just check out these comparisons:

  • FOR ONE FUN SIZE CANDY BAR YOU CAN HAVE 4 CUPS OF BROCCOLI
  • FOR ONE 3.5 OUNCE PORTION OF SALMON YOU CAN HAVE ONE BABY BACK RIB WITH BAR-B-Q SAUCE
  • FOR ONE 100-CALORIE SNACK BAG OF CHEESE PUFFS YOU CAN HAVE 2 CUPS OF BABY CARROTS
  • FOR TEN POTATO CHIPS YOU CAN HAVE 50 PIECES OF SPINACH

Throughout the month of March, give yourself a challenge to get in only high-nutrient foods. Focus on plenty of fruits and veggies, lean sources of proteins either from legumes, fish and lean breast meat poultry and remember, if it came from a box, it’s probably very low in nutrients yet high in calories.

Kristin

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...