March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts.
Your child may take a sandwich for lunch, but lunch meat can be loaded with sodium and nitrites. Try this grilled chicken salad on a whole-wheat bread or packed in a bento box with whole-grain crackers and veggies.
1 cup diced grilled chicken breast
¼ cup diced celery
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ lemon, juiced
Black pepper, to taste
- Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
- Serve on whole-wheat bread as a sandwich, or in a bento box with whole-grain crackers and sliced vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots and bell peppers.
Serving size: ½ cup
Calories: 150; Total fat: 5g; Saturated fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 60mg; Sodium: 170mg; Carbohydrate: 3g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugars: 1g; Protein 22g