Thank you to everyone who reached out to me about my posts regarding my tonsillectomy recovery and post-surgery diet. My recovery has been a little slower than I expected, which is why today’s post is a few days late!
In case you missed it, I’ve been blogging for National Nutrition Month.
You can check out my previous NNM post here:
Week 1: National School Breakfast Week
Week 2: 10 Diet Tips from a Dietitian
Week 3: All About Grains
This is my last post about National Nutrition Month and I wanted to share my thoughts about this year’s theme…
Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right
This is a great nutrition message to spread: taste does not have to suffer with a healthier diet. I find that people sometimes correlate healthy eating with bland and boring foods. Diet changes then become intimidating because eating is such a huge part of our culture. But really, you can eat healthy, nutritious meals that are still full of flavor and taste amazing.
Here are a few simple tips for healthier eating without sacrificing taste:
Choose fresh or frozen produce over canned:
This is such a simple change… fresh or frozen produce will almost always be healthier than their canned counterparts. Be aware of a few things here, though. Fresh produce ultimately experience a loss in vitamins as time passes. It also obviously goes bad faster than other foods. Because of this, I tend to purchase only 4-5 days worth of fresh produce at one time. Frozen fruits and vegetables can be just as healthy (and contain the same nutrients) as fresh. Just be sure you purchase fruits that do not have additional sugar added and that your vegetables do not have salt or fat seasonings added. Beware of the ‘steamer’ bags… they are often higher in fat and/or sodium. Canned produce can be packed with sodium, sugar and other additives, so I try to avoid them when possible.
Learn how to season food without salt:
Learning how to cook with herbs and spices really opened up the door for me in terms of the flavor of my dishes. If you feel lost with this one, I would recommend checking out your local spice shop. They often have great advice about salt-free seasonings and some even offer free/low-cost classes! Your local community college or culinary school may also offer some sort of class about herbs and spices. You can also check out the Mrs. Dash line of seasonings in your local grocery store, which is salt-free.
Prepare things in your kitchen instead of buying them pre-prepared:
I’m no chef in the kitchen, but I have found that there are certain items I can make on my own that are cheaper and healthier than what can be purchased in the store. Salad dressings and seasoning packets (taco, fajita, chili, etc.) are great examples. For example, I can make a batch of dressing at home in about 30 seconds for less than $1 using 3 ingredients: balsamic vinegar, olive oil and cracked pepper. When I compare this to the average store bought dressing, which can have over 20 ingredients, I’d rather make my own. Like I said, I am no chef in the kitchen, so I rely on the internet for simple recipes. My favorite website is Allrecipes.com because you can view recipes by their rating and read others’ comments.
I truly believe that small diet changes like these listed above can make big differences in overall health! Even though National Nutrition Month is ending in a few days, that doesn’t mean that nutrition can’t be celebrated all the time I have enjoyed blogging every week for National Nutrition month, and I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts.
Have a great weekend!!