Ashley Koff RD and Tori Schmitt MS, RDN, LD
Is your summer nutrition giving your body what it needs to do everything you want and have to get done in just three months? Follow these five steps to a better summer powered by better nutrition.
Step #1: Know Your Score
Is your current nutrition giving your body what it needs to run better? Take the Better Nutrition Quiz to get your overall score and scores for each of the 9 betters of better nutrition. This will tell you what could be better and give you tools to help you get better at making your better nutrition choices more often. Share your results with anyone on your healthcare team. Want our help? Click “send the results to the better nutrition program.”
Step #2: Get Plant EmPowered
If you’ve heard that plants help your body run better, you’re right! Not only do they pack nutrients like fiber, vitamins, minerals, omegas, and yep – even protein – to help your body run better, they also have a rainbow of unique nutrients (“phytonutrients” which is fancy for “plant nutrients”) that each help the body do specific jobs. Want help getting Plant EmPowered this summer? Grab the Plant EmPowered Package to get key resources like the rainbow evaluation and menu, the better plant-based nutrition guide to help you avoid the most common plant-based mistakes clients make.
Step #3: Get in Plants Wherever You Go, Deliciously
Whether you’re heading to a baseball game or to run errands, equip yourself with better nutrition on-the-go so you avoid grabbing whatever you find when hunger hits. Toss your favorite flavor of Perfect Bar* into your bag – it’s good out of the fridge for a week (but not in a scorching hot car!). We like that Perfect Bars include plant-based foods like organic kale, apple, tomato, and hemp in their bars…plus, they just taste SO good!
Step #4: Don’t Let the Sun Go Down Without Vitamin D
We know that sunshine is one of nature’s key sources of Vitamin D, the vitamin that helps support the health of our bones, muscles and immune system. But we also know we are supposed to practice better sun safety – more time in the shade, wearing UV-protective clothing and repeatedly applying better quality sunscreen. That means we need to look to our nutrition to provide enough vitamin D and when it comes to non-fortified, plant-based foods with vitamin D, our options are pretty limited. Have we got a delicious better nutrition option for you! New vitamin D3 gummy vitamins from MegaFood®* help you upgrade your intake of this key nutrient. These gummies are made with real foods like oranges, cranberries, and ginger root!
Step #5: Get a Daily Dose of Organic Plant-Based Omegas!
Your body needs certain fatty acids to promote a healthy inflammatory response and a lot more, as well as to help absorb key fat-soluble plant nutrients and vitamins. Check out the new organic gummies from SmartyPants* – organic, vegetarian gummies that deliver omegas from organic flaxseed oil.
We’re always here to help you get better nutrition powered by plants! Simply text PLANT123 to 44222 and we will email you a FREE plant-based nutrition guide. You can also visit our Better Recipes page for a large selection of delicious plant-based recipes!
*Ashley Koff RD is a paid sponsor for the brands mentioned, which she also may consume herself and recommends to her patients as appropriate. She may be the sole author of this post or not, but regardless she has reviewed and approved the statements and these are her recommendations.