Article written by Brittney Newsome, Associate Nutrition Agent.
Information adapted from: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
This year's theme for National Nutrition Month (March) was "Celebrate a World of Flavors." This theme showcases how flavors from cultures around the world is a tasty way to nourish ourselves and appreciate our diversity. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds, and tastes!
Being able to enjoy different flavors from around the world provides a chance to learn more about your own food culture and preferences as well as those that may be new to you. Become more creative by trying new foods, recipes, and ingredients from a variety of cultures to introduce new flavors into your healthy eating routine. Many cuisines offer dishes which include foods from each food group, so it’s possible to plan meals that are nutritious, well-balanced, and bursting with flavor.
Trying new flavors and foods from around the world can also help you increase the variety in the foods you eat. Choosing a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein foods) and in the recommended amounts will help you get the nutrients that are needed for good health.
Be sure to
incorporate your favorite cultural foods and traditions, as you
“Celebrate a World of Flavors” during National Nutrition Month® and
throughout the year. Here are a few ways to embrace global cultures and cuisines when planning your meals and snacks:
Photo by Camryn Price.
Healthful eating options span the globe. Plus, many recipes can be
modified based on personal food preferences or to accommodate different
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. For more information visit: www.eatright.org.