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February 12, 2014

Explore new foods during National Nutrition Month

NORMAN — Research confirms taste is the No. 1 reason why one food is purchased over another. So what are consumers to do when the taste of favorite foods start to lose its luster?

As part of the 2014 National Nutrition Month theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to explore new foods and flavors, keeping taste and nutrition on your plate at every meal.

It is easy to fall into a rut of eating the same foods over and over. Fortunately, there is a whole world of tasty and nutritious foods available today that are just waiting to be discovered.

Adding more nutrition and different tastes to each meal is as easy as expanding the range of foods you choose. Consumers have lots of options at the grocery store, in restaurants and in the foods they prepare at home.

When grocery shopping, make it a point to try one new fruit, vegetable or whole grain every week. It can be something as simple as trying a different type of apple or a new flavor of whole-grain rice. Every new thing you try may not become a favorite, but it is important to expand your taste buds.

Instead of choosing the family’s favorite restaurant when you have an occasion to eat out, choose one that features ethnic foods from Asia, Europe or Africa. These restaurants often feature menus filled with healthy options that will be new to you.

You also can find a local restaurant specializing in seasonal ingredients. You may be able to order your favorite dish but with a new and exciting flavor twist.

Consumers do not have to give up the staple dishes they enjoy preparing and serving, but these foods can be switched up a bit simply by varying the ways you cook them. Grill or broil the chicken you typically bake. Roast potatoes instead of mashing or frying and sauté your favorite vegetables instead of steaming them.

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