May 25, 2013

Ask the RD: Nutrition Tips and Multivitamins

As a registered dietitian, I know the importance of good nutrition. When people ask me some general nutrition tips and guidelines, I always include the following information.

1. Choose tons of fruits and vegetables- fruits and vegetables are packed full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Due to their high fiber content, they can help to keep you full for longer than other foods. They are also delicious and have tons of different varieties out there.

2. Pick whole grains- whole grains have a lot better nutrition profile than refined carbohydrates. Some of my favorites are wheatberries, whole wheat pasta and whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread.

3. Focus on protein- along with fiber, protein helps to keep you full and helps resist extra snacking throughout the day. When choosing dairy which is protein rich, look for low-fat varieties. Excellent choices include Green yogurt, string cheese and skim milk. When choosing meat, look for lean varieties. I love grilled chicken, BBQ pulled pork and venison steaks. Other high protein foods include peanut butter, beans, eggs and edamame.

Although I generally believe in eating real foods to get your nutrition in, there are also times when taking a vitamin is important. In the non-summer months, I take a multivitamin to ensure that I  am getting all of the nutrients that I need. I also will take omega-3 fatty acids and sometimes take vitamin D and calcium supplements. Supplements are a good way to literally, supplement the nutrition that you are already getting in your diet. I use different brands of vitamins but one that I do like is the Nature's Best multivitamin.

To summarize, focus on fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. To supplement your diet, consider taking a multivitamin to get the nutrition that you need. Also, if you are considering getting pregnant, you should take a multivitamin. The elderly population may need to take more dietary supplements since they are at a higher risk of deficiency for different vitamins and minerals.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions and nutrition information is my own.

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  1. Hi Amanda, as a fellow dietitian, I don't know I would encourage use of MV in the normal population if the person is consuming a healthy diet like you discussed (pregnancy MVs excluded)


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