National Nutrition Month kicks off on March 1st with the theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” This theme recognizes that there are many influences that play a role in what we eat every day. While social, emotional, and health factors play a part in food choices, taste has shown to be the deciding factor in choosing one food over another. This year’s key messages for National Nutrition Month focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals.
Since taste is the most powerful reason driving what we eat every day, it is important for us to find a balance between choosing whatever foods we like with choosing those that provide the nutrients we need. But wait…you don’t need to feel as though healthy foods aren’t tasty. There are many ways to explore new flavors, eat healthy foods, and eat your favorites. Here are a few tips:
1. At the grocery store, purchase one new food item each week. Whether it is a new fruit or vegetable that can be sliced up as a snack, or a whole grain you have never tried, be adventurous and try something different!
2. If you go out to eat, order your favorite meal, but with a new and exciting flavor twist. For example, a sautéed vegetable that you don’t usually make at home, or a grilled or baked version of a chicken or meat dish. You could even try new ethnic foods with your family—either at a restaurant or exploring with herbs and spices while you cook at home.
3. Add variety to your staple meals that you typically prepare at home by changing the way you cook them. Steam or roast vegetables as a side dish. Or, bake chicken rolled in whole wheat bread crumbs and a dash of your favorite spices.
How will you celebrate National Nutrition Month? Let us know!
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