Natalie Allen - Missouri State University. Springfield, MO, US

Natalie Allen Natalie Allen

Clinical Instructor, Biomedical Sciences | Missouri State University

Springfield, MO, US

Natalie Allen instructs senior-level classes in the dietetics program and is the team dietitian for all Missouri State athletes.

National Nutrition Month - Eat better, save money, live longer

National Nutrition Month - Eat better, save money, live longer 2018-03-01
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Natalie Allen

March is National Nutrition Month and it couldn’t come any quicker. After a long winter and spring around the corner, many Americans are ready to start eating healthier.

Healthy eating is not merely about shedding pounds. Good nutrition often leads to financial savings and enables us to reduce waste. One way to eat healthier is by cooking at home instead of eating out.

Unfortunately, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average household spends about $3,008 per year on dining out and the food consumed is usually high in trans-fats, sodium and calories. Eating out is an expensive and often times unhealthy habit. That habit is also becoming an addiction – in 1900, only two percent of U.S. meals were eaten outside the home. Recently, that number has climbed to more than 50.

It’s not always easy forgoing eating out, but the reward is truly worth the effort. Cost savings aside, cooking at home and eating as a family has proven to make people happier and feel more connected.

RD Natalie Allen, clinical instructor of biomedical science at Missouri State University, can share insights about cooking home-cooked meals that are tasty, healthy, cost-effective and don't take a lot of time. Contact her for an interview.


Fruit & vegetable challenge for National Nutrition Month

Eating a wide range of fruits and veggies increases the variety of vitamins and minerals you give your body.