Monday, March 14, 2016

Savor The Flavor Tip # 14 - Explore New Foods and Flavors

Add more nutrition and eating pleasure by expanding your range of food choices. When shopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you or your family. Try different versions of familiar foods like purple asparagus, Honeycrisp apples, broccoflower or quinoa.  Not sure how to prepare that new vegetable, check out the internet, there are many sites that will give you information on how to prepare.

Our grocery store has added many new food choices from spices to grains.  Be adventurous and try a new product, you might really like it.  One of my recent tries, is Chia seeds.  These little seeds are packed full of Omega 3 Fatty Acids which we all need to be eating more of.  They can be added to casseroles and smoothies.  We even made a pudding from them.

Try a different style of cooking, have you tried stir frying or using some of the seasonings in the oriental foods sections?  I often do a stir fry when I have a lot of fresh vegetables that need to be used up before they go bad.  Any combination will work.  Or you can use frozen vegetables, but be careful adding them to hot grease.

We also have new whole grain pastas to try.  Make your own healthy marinara sauce with canned tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms with some Italian seasonings.  Yum Yum!

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