Calendar For Family Health: May

Calendar for Family Health: May

May 1

Go buy or pick some strawberries while they are in season! Enjoy them by themselves or in a smoothie.

May 2

Substitute quinoa for pasta. Quinoa is a complete protein suitable for vegetarians.

May 3

Buy boneless, skinless chicken for a barbeque. If there is any left over, freeze in meal-sized portions for easy defrosting.

May 4

Try going sugar free for breakfast. Oatmeal with fruit is a great choice.

May 5

Know that you do not always need to avoid the inner aisles of the grocery store. Look for nutritious staples, such as high-fiber cereal, dried beans and lentils, and nuts.

May 6

Choose whole foods over junk foods. Enjoy a peach instead of peach ice cream. 

May 7

Eat a food you have not tried before. Consider choosing something such as edamame, hemp seeds, or salmon jerky.

May 8

Explore fun ways to get the kids to eat their vegetables. Cut peppers into the shape of a star or create cucumber ribbons with a peeler.

May 9

Have it your way by buying only what you need at the grocery store. Split up a bunch of bananas, buy a quart of milk instead of a gallon, or purchase nuts in 1-ounce packages.

May 10

Stay hydrated this summer with healthy beverage choices. Try herbal iced tea!

May 11

Want to add sea vegetables to your diet? Place kombu in the water when cooking rice or soup.  You will get all of the benefits without actually having to eat it.

May 12

Enjoy a new recipe to keep variety in your diet. Plan to try a new one today! 

May 13

Visit the supermarket with a friend, so you can split large packages of food and take advantage of buy-one, get-one-free deals. The buddy system never fails! 

May 14

Enjoy at least one of your meals today in a calm and relaxed environment. This will help you reap the benefits of proper digestion and absorption.

May 15

Make healthy fajitas at home! Purchase whole-grain tortillas, low-fat meats, vegetables, salsa, guacamole, and beans for a delicious fiesta. If you have the time, make your own salsa and guacamole.

May 16

Buy a peanut butter that is made with just peanuts—no palm oil or sugar needed!

May 17

Take an evening stroll with the family. Enjoy some quality time and exercise! 

May 18

Ask your employer or health insurance company if they offer gym discounts.

May 19

Consider using coconut water to stay hydrated. It is a great choice and has more potassium than a banana.

May 20

Volunteer as a family at a local animal shelter to walk a dog several times a week. It is great exercise for you and the dog! 

May 21

Make sure the family gets at least 7 hours of sleep tonight.

May 22

Store eggs and dairy inside the refrigerator, which is the coolest part, not on the door, which is the warmest part. 

May 23

Serve Greek frozen yogurt for a delicious sweet treat that is high in protein. Just watch the sugar content.

May 24

Get outdoors today. Sweep and weed your sidewalk regularly. Check in with your neighbors. Enjoy some healthy exercise. Work in the garden.

May 25

Purchase a pluot today. It is a delicious cross between a plum and an apricot.

May 26

Keep your food safe. Is your drive to the beach more than 1 hour? If so, make sure to put your food in a cooler to keep it fresh.

May 27

Fire up the grill and enjoy chicken or turkey burgers tonight. Add diced onions for extra flavor.

May 28

Turn everyone’s sandwiches inside out by spreading mustard on slices of deli turkey and wrapping them around whole-grain breadsticks.

May 29

Do not forget to toss reusable grocery bags into the laundry to get rid of unwanted bacteria.

May 30

Take the family out for a game of miniature golf.

May 31

Grill some fish tonight. The ones highest in heart-healthy omega-3s are trout, salmon, and herring.

Review Date 6/13


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