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“March is National Nutrition Month”

“March is National Nutrition Month”


By, Sara Laite, MPH, RD, LRD

Extension Agent


Choosing nutritious foods and getting enough physical activity can make a significant difference in your health. For National Nutrition Month 2020, in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) encourages people to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits.


Each March, AND focuses attention on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme, Eat Right, Bite by Bite, promotes eating a variety of nutritious foods every day, planning and creating healthful meals each week and the value of consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. For more information go to: https://sm.eatright.org/NNMinfo.


This leads me to mention NDSU Extension’s “Social Eats” Campaign. Each month, a new recipe is featured on our nutrition Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. All you have to do is make the recipe, take a picture, and follow the instructions below. This month’s recipe, Apple Cranberry Quinoa Salad, looks amazing. I’m definitely giving it a try!


To Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Make the Apple Cranberry Quinoa Salad recipe below
  2. Take a picture
  3. Share the picture to social media (follow the instructions at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/preventnd/giveaway-entry)
  4. Must be done before the end of March
  5. Win prizes!


Apple Cranberry Quinoa Salad is the perfect dish to brighten up your menu. With pops of freshness from the apples and cranberries, this salad is sure to be a hit!


1 c. uncooked quinoa

½ c. diced celery

2 green onions, sliced

1 large apple, diced

1/3 c. toasted pecans, chopped

1/3 c. dried cranberries


2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 tsp. garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa according to package directions and set aside. Once cooled, add the remaining salad ingredients. Add all of the vinaigrette ingredients to a small bowl or jar with a lid. Whisk or shake until combined. Pour over salad and stir until combined. Makes seven (1/2 cup) servings. Each serving has 160 calories, 7g fat, 4g protein, 22g carbohydrates, 3g fiber and 45mg sodium.


For more information, contact the Ramsey County Extension Office at 701-662-7027.  Website: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ramseycountyextension.  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NDSUExtRamsey/.


Sources: Association of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2020. NDSU Extension, Social Eats, 2020.






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