Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

Contributed by Christine M. Palumbo, MBA, RDN, FAND

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In addition to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring, we celebrate National Nutrition Month® every March. And this year’s theme is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right."
Think about it. Taste is king! When asked about their preferences, consumers make it loud and clear 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 that people enjoy the most are usually the ones they eat the most.

Combine taste with nutrition to create healthy meals

While some people are natural taste explorers, others need a little “nudge” to explore new foods and flavors. If you’re one of those who need a nudge, seek out new foods and beverages while grocery shopping. Try a new squash, for example or a different type of cheese you’re not accustomed to.

When eating out, instead of ordering your “usual,” try something new such as a vegetarian meal. An easy way to make this happen is to select an Indian, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean restaurant. In addition to main courses, many of their soups are bean-based and chock full of nourishing vegetables.

But don’t forget about the tried and true flavors you’ve always enjoyed – such as 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes. By definition, 100% juice has no added sugars – the sugars you see on the label are natural fruit sugars, coming straight from the fruit. In fact, every 4-oz glass of Welch’s 100% Grape Juice is made with more than 20 whole Concord grapes – skins, seeds and all pressed into juice – and counts as one serving (1/2 cup) of fruit! 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

In addition to celebrating National Nutrition Month® this month, March 12 is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day. It’s a day selected to increase the awareness of RDNs as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy health lives. 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to consult a registered dietitian nutritionist for health reasons or for simply a “nutrition checkup”? Now is a good time to find out! To locate one in your area, log onto www.eatright.org and click on “Find a Registered Dietitian” in the upper right hand corner. 

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