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Before we wrap up another National Nutrition Month, we wanted to introduce you to someone you can find at our Sands Family YMCA. The branch is now offering Cooking Classes, led by chefs from Canandaigua's KiX on Main, as well as Instructor Chefs Matthew Pelton and Ruby English.

Since Ruby is one of the wonderful staff members who will be guiding the Cooking Classes at the Sands Family Branch, she shared a few tips to keep your nutritional habits in order. 

TIP 1: It is important to eat a variety of foods each day. There are no “good” and “bad” foods — there is balance and moderation. All foods serve a purpose. 
A well-balanced diet should include a variety of nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. 

Tip 2: If you are trying to eat healthier, find healthy foods that you enjoy and are easily accessible. You will be more likely to stick to your goals if you are enjoying your meals and you do not see eating as a chore. 

Tip 3: Prioritize protein! Prioritizing protein can be a huge step forward in eating a healthier diet. Some healthy proteins include chicken, turkey, fish, beans, peas, whole grains (wheat, quinoa, rice, oats), nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts) and certain vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, corn, brussels sprouts). 

So much nutrition, so little time! In the meantime, make sure to check out all of our Cooking Classes and Jr. Chef Cooking offerings throughout the Association.