Savor the Flavor of Spring

There’s more to good nutrition than what you eat. Throughout March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is highlighting this point with the National Nutrition Month theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right. Healthy eating is also about enjoying food. Here’s a tip for savoring the flavor of eating: Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes great-tasting food that is good for you, like this Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl made with the goodness of dairy.

The Greek yogurt in this smoothie bowl packs a healthy punch, providing 20 grams of protein, probiotics, vitamin B12, vitamin A, potassium and calcium in a single serving. It makes a great breakfast or lunch providing ample protein to satisfy hunger and tide you over until the next meal. The high-quality protein in Greek yogurt can increase the body’s ability to build and repair muscle, making it a terrific workout recovery food.

Improve your eating habits and create a positive relationship with food by being a master of mindful eating. One way to do that is to eat what’s in season; it’s more reminiscent of how the Earth’s calendar really works. Plan your meals according to the seasons—it tastes better too!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Recipe by Diane Boyd
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Serving Size: 1 person

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana, thawed slightly about 5 minutes
  • 1 cup low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon skim milk
  • A dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa roast almonds

Instructions:

  1. Add banana to a high-powered blender along with Greek yogurt, skim milk and a dash of salt. Process until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with sliced strawberries and cocoa roasted almonds. Serve immediately.

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Diane Boyd, MBA, RD, LDN

Diane BoydDiane Boyd has a private nutrition practice in North Carolina where she specializes in medical nutrition therapy, weight management and eating disorders. She is the consulting nutritionist for Cape Fear Sports Enhancement and promotes nutrition via workplace programs and freelance writing. Her passion for fitness and eating well fuel her work.