National Nurtrition Month: Explore New Foods and Flavors

March 3, 2014 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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Nutrition professionals are encouraging you to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Well” by exploring new foods and flavors. Whether you are trying new veggies, whole grains, or creating new recipes to excite your taste buds, you are exploring new foods and flavors.

Here are 3 quick tips for enjoying the taste of healthy eating:

  1. Color Your Plate with Salad
    Enjoy a variety of vegetables including dark-green, red, and orange vegetables on a bed of fresh leafy greens like spinach or romaine. These fresh veggies offer a beautiful touch of color, delicious flavor, and great nutrition. Bell pepper, carrots, cucumbers, and broccoli are great lower carbohydrate veggie choices that will not have a large effect on your blood glucose levels.   One cup raw, or half a cup cooked, of these nutritious non-starchy vegetables is considered one serving and contains very few carbohydrates. Now that is food for thought!
  2. Great Grains
    Enjoy the taste of eating well by choosing foods with different textures and taste. How? By trying a variety of whole grain foods. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends making at least half of your grains whole. To be sure that you’re eating a whole grain food check the ingredients list on the food package. Fiber-rich whole grain foods like 100% whole-grain breads, pastas, tortillas, quinoa, brown rice, and even popcorn are great additions to a balanced healthy diet. It is important to note that these nutritious foods should be eaten in moderation because they have been shown to increase blood glucose. Enjoy the foods you love but eat less.
  3. Power-up with Protein
    Choose a variety of foods from the protein group to help build strong muscles and stabilize blood glucose levels. Keep meat and poultry choices lean and low-fat to decrease the amount of saturated fat and calories because diets high in saturated fats raise the levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood. Explore new tastes by trying lean ground turkey, salmon, tuna, and eggs. Vegetarian sources of protein can include tofu, nuts and seeds. Almonds, cashews, walnuts and pistachios as well as pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds are all commonly eaten nuts and seeds. Minimize your sodium intake, which can help with lowering blood pressure, by choosing unsalted nuts and seeds.
    Enjoy the taste of eating right by using these quick tips at your next meal!
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