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national nutrition month 2012



Abra Pappa’s Plate for National Nutrition Month

Each time I prepare a plate of food I see it as an amazing opportunity to build layers of functional ingredients that work to keep me at my optimal healthy best.

My plate, seen here, is filled half full with a raw kale and chia seed salad, dressed with cold pressed organic olive oil and lemon juice, to the left is baked dijon salmon atop roasted garlic millet. This was my dinner the evening before a long flight. I wanted to be sure that I had immunity boosting foods on my plate (kale, lemon for vitamin C and roasted garlic), and mood boosting and anxiety reducing foods (because I don’t love to fly).
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Holly Perkins’ Plate for National Nutrition Month


After almost 20 years in the fitness industry, I have learned what it means when “they” say: “You are what you eat.” The truth is, just like your car, you will run better if you fill up on high octane fuel. My body simply cannot run–at all– if I don’t eat impeccably. Sometimes it’s difficult to eat well–say when I visit Dunkin Donuts (smile)– and eating well really is a lifestyle. But for me it is the ONLY way to live, enjoy life and perform at high speed.

This is one of my favorite meals that I ate on February 23 for dinner. Wild caught salmon is one of the most important foods to eat as it has the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, which help decrease silent inflammation. I LOVE broiled asparagus with olive oil and white truffle salt.  Oddly, canned kidney beans are one of my favorites too! Add to this the most beautiful avocado to provide the healthy fats. This meal made me feel like Superwoman!!!!

- Holly Perkins is a renowned fitness expert and New Balance Ambassador.

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape,” focusing on MyPlate. We invited nutrition and fitness professionals to share their typical plate to give you a glimpse of how some of the healthiest people in the country eat on a daily basis. See the series.



Jessica Smith’s Plate for National Nutrition Month

I rarely order food, but this was a photo shoot day (and an active one at that – I was demonstrating exercises for eight hours, so that meant a lot of muscular endurance work!) so I had to eat outside of my kitchen.

This lunch, courtesy of Muscle Maker Grill, was the Santa Fe Wrap, which consisted of grilled chicken breast, turkey bacon, red beans and brown rice, reduced fat cheddar cheese and zero carb signature sauce. The menu says it’s only 581 calories, but I am a little suspect of that number – think it may be higher, which is why I only ate half (which was HARD to do – it was so delish!).

On the side? I ordered their balsalmic vinegar potato salad. I love potatoes for energy during workouts (though this was not as good as I thought it would be, so I only ate a few, ha ha!).
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Elisa Zied’s Plate for National Nutrition Month


I had breakfast over the course of two hours today. I woke up and while dressing had a low-fat organic chocolate milk box. Then I made breakfast for my family which consisted of a cheese omelet (made with 4 eggs and 4 ounces of shredded organic cheddar cheese and cooked with nonfat cooking spray); instant oatmeal (1 packet, for me only, made with one teaspoon vegetable oil spread); and 1 cup of cut up strawberries and pineapple (I had the fruit late morning, after I dropped my younger off at school).
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Kathryn Budig’s Plate for National Nutrition Month

“This is a picture of my steamed artichoke with a lemon/olive oil/nutritional yeast dip. I’m not gonna lie—I probably eat this at least 2 times a week. Artichokes are filling, great for your liver, and when paired with this tart dip it’s full of nutrients and proteins thanks to the yeast. This makes me a very happy girl (smile!).”

Kathryn Budig is a renowned yogi, who will be releasing The Big Book of Yoga later this year with Rodale.

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape,” focusing on MyPlate. We invited nutrition and fitness professionals to share their typical plate to give you a glimpse of how some of the healthiest people in the country eat on a daily basis. See the series.