Y offers Nutrition Month classes, tips

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It’s National Nutrition Month, and the YMCA is offering classes to help you become more informed about what you eat and to help you develop sound eating habits.

Classes are free and open to everyone. You don’t need to register.

Classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 12 and 10:30 a.m. on March 21 at the ExxonMobil YMCA, 7717 Howell Blvd.; at 5:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive; at 10:30 a.m. on March 18 at the Charles W. Lamar Jr. YMCA, 521 Third St.; and at 6:30 p.m. on March 19 at the A.C. Lewis YMCA, 350 S. Foster Drive.

Here’s some tips from the Y to get you off on the right nutritional foot:

  • Be prepared. Busy work and travel days lead to fast-paced meals and easy grabs. To prevent unhealthy pit stops, keep single-serving packages of nuts, fruit, peanut butter or nutrition bars on hand.
  • For the competitive player or work-out enthusiast eat a small snack of protein or potassium before working out to alleviate muscle spasms or cramps.
  • Student life can mean no time or money. On your next grocery run, pick up these health foods: apples with peanut butter, carrots and hummus, hardboiled eggs and fruit, banana and yogurt, almonds with low-fat cheese or whole-grained cereal.
  • Caring for family, whether children, elderly parents or both, can be a handful. Family meals allow parents to be role models and promoters of healthy eating. For healthy fixes keep meals simple. Create a collection of recipes that are quick and easy to make. Buy ingredients that can be used for more than one meal. For example, cook extra grilled chicken to be used in a salad or fajita.

To learn more ways to create a healthy lifestyle visit ymcabr.org/healthyfamilyhome.

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