This is a new year for National Nutrition Month theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. Alot of people think that they can not eat right and enjoy the taste of food. This is definitely not true! You can enjoy the taste of so many different food items and still eat healthy. This month, I will give you ideas and tips on how you can enjoy the taste and flavors of foods and still eat right and be healthy.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic quotes “Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. While social, emotional and health factors also play a role, the foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat most. ”
This past week, I had the chance of exploring and experimenting new foods and flavors that I would not normally have as part of my daily meal plan. Some of the foods and dishes that I have tried were passion fruit, açai, hummus, falfel, patacón and Quinoa. I am also learning to venture out to other dishes that are outside of that same old meals that I have been eating everyday.
It is so important to get out of your comfort zone of food and try dishes and foods from around the world. When you plan your meals for the week try to select a dishes from a different country that you have not eaten from before.
Want to eat more vegetables into your diet ? Why not try tomatillos (small green tomatoes), nopales (prickly pear cactus paddles) or napa cabbage?
Want to spice up your dishes? Then add cilantro, turmeric or funnel.
Want to add a different alternative to a starch as part of your meal? Why not add Cassava/Yuca, Jicama or Taro.
There are so many ways you can travel the world and eat a different meal every day. My fellow Registered Dietitian Constance Brown- Riggs in the video below will explain how to explore all of the wonderful and nutritious foods that are available where ever you eat.
For more information about National Nutrition Month go on to the website: http://www.eatright.org/nnm/#.UxEz-sRDuko .
See you next week when we will discuss many more ways to enjoy the taste of eating right!!
From Denine Rogers, RD, LD of HEPSA Living Healthy – www.livinghealthy1.org