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5 Tips to Help You Savor the Flavor of Food


Do you and your family want to eat better and live a more healthful lifestyle? Easier said than done, right? If you have positive intentions but don’t know where to start, or if you just need a little nudge (if not a kick in the pants),  Food, Fitness & Fiction is here to guide you.

In this final installment of my four-part National Nutrition Month series, you’ll find 5 tips from 3 terrific registered dietitians to help you capture and savor foods’ many flavors and eat better as a family. Enjoy!

Get busy in the kitchen. Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, the owner of Active Eating Advice in Pittsburgh, PA recommends making your kitchen a center of creativity and activity. “Get chopping, stirring, blending, and kneading—not only to create great foods, but to give your upper body a workout simultaneously!” says Bonci (pictured below).

 

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Focus on flavor: “Don’t ever compromise on flavor, because the satisfaction you get from eating delicious food is essential to eating mindfully and in healthful proportions,” says Rachel Begun, MS, RDN, a Boulder, CO-based culinary nutritionist and mindful eating proponent. According to Begun, “Healthy eating isn’t about eating boring food and counting calories; it’s about learning how to season your meals in a more healthful way so you become satisfied with less.” One of her absolute favorite kitchen tools is the The Flavor Bible. “This book allows you to look up individual ingredients and access their complimentary ingredients, seasonings and flavor profiles. It’s an invaluable investment for learning flavor combinations and how foods pair well together,” says Begun (pictured below).

 

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Create a flavor station. Bonci recommends creating a flavor station in your kitchen by stocking up on flavored vinegars, sea salts, herbs, spices, and cut up fruit such as lemon, lime, and oranges. She says family members can use such ingredients to customize their own unique flavors on items such as meat, veggies, cereal and in beverages.

Go slow. “One of the best ways to “savor the flavor of eating right” is to slow down, enjoy your food, and practice portion control. Chew your food well and enjoy your company when you eat!” says Lisa R Young, PhD, RD, a NYC nutrition consultant, author of The Portion Teller Plan, and adjunct professor of nutrition at NYU.

 

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Color your world. “Aim for a colorful plate at each meal. A blend of different colored produce offers unique tastes as well as nutrients, which when combined, makes for a healthy and flavorful meal,” Young (pictured above) suggests.

How do you savor the flavor of food?

Image of Bonci via Pittsburgh Post Gazette; image of Begun via Laurie Klein Photography; and image of Young via Luca Babini.

To learn more about National Nutrition Month, click here. To find a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area, click here

For more nutrition tips, see the blogs/resources below:

6 Mindful Eating Tips

9 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Eating Success

6 Tips to Nourish Kids

The Flavor of a High Fiber Diet

National Nutrition Month 2016

March Wellness News

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Elisa Zied is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, author, speaker, and spokesperson. A trusted source of food, nutrition, and health information, Elisa has garnered millions of media impressions, lending her expertise and real-world perspective to dozens of TV shows, web sites, news organizations and magazines. She’s the author of four nutrition books and is currently working on her first novel. You can find her previous Food, Fitness & Fiction posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook.

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