Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right - Happy RD Day!

Happy Registered Dietitian day to all my fellow colleagues!  While the entire month of March is National Nutrition Month, today we celebrate Registered Dietitian Day.

“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2014. National Nutrition Month is the nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

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 you eat most. This year’s key messages for NNM focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.  A common misconception is healthy food always taste bland and boring. The truth is flavor doesn’t have to come with extra calories and fat.  

Here are a few ways to add flavor without breaking the calorie bank.

1.     Fresh Herbs.  Add herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, cilantro, oregano, or basil to your lean meats and vegetables to enhance the flavor. For a more distinct flavor add the herbs near the end of cooking,
however for blended flavor add towards the start of cooking.
Try basil in Healthier Spaghetti Pie

2.     Fresh squeezed lemon/lime.  Lemon and lime juice, rind, and zest can be used in a variety of ways during or after meal preparation to add a sour, tart, or sweet flavor.   Add juice to marinades, homemade salad dressing, vegetables, or your favorite lean protein.
Try fresh lime juice in Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

3.     Flavored vinegars. Vinegars such as balsamic, red wine, and apple cider offer strong, bold flavor for few calories. They add excitement to salads, marinades and sauces.  One-tablespoon will only set you back 15 calories.
Try balsamic vinegar as a salad dressing

4.     Low sodium broths.  Skip the oil and butter during mealtime preparation and try cooking with a flavor packed low sodium broth.  Try cooking with broth for your favorite poultry such as chicken or vegetables. 
Try chicken broth as a pasta base like Turkey Sausage Kale Pasta

5.     Greek yogurt.  Rich, creamy, and tart – Greek yogurt is the perfect low calorie protein powerhouse to add to sandwiches, salads, dips, desserts, or casseroles. 
Try Greek yogurt in Guiltless Seven Layer Dip

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

1 comment:

  1. It all sounds so great and yummy!! Happy RD Day!



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