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Nutrition News: Celebrate a World of Flavors

Charlyn Fargo on

That's the theme of National Nutrition Month this March. Highlighting March as National Nutrition Month started back in 1980. The goal is to stress the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.

The idea behind the 2022 theme is to embrace global cultures, cuisines and inclusion. Enjoying different flavors of the world is a chance to learn more about your own food culture as well as those that may not be so familiar. Familiar ingredients can be presented in new ways and new foods may remind you of things you already know and love. You may also come across ingredients and flavors you've never experienced before.

Trying foods and recipes from various cultures in one way to incorporate different flavors into your healthy eating routine. And trying new flavors and foods from various cultures can also help you increase the variety of foods you eat. That's the premise of healthy eating: variety, moderation and balance.

Looking to global cuisines also is a smart alternative for those who get bored eating the same thing over and over. That's especially important because the way foods taste is a major factor in what kids and adults do -- or don't -- eat.

Try an international breakfast to break the monotony and expand your world.

Here are a few examples:

 

--Mexico -- It's not uncommon to eat tortillas with beans and shredded beef or chicken for breakfast, providing protein and fiber (from the beans).

--Israel -- An Israeli breakfast includes both vegetables and fruit as well as healthy fats. A typical breakfast consists of olives, cheese, vegetables, bread and fresh juices. Try threading chunks of cheese and vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and pitted olives on wooden skewers. Yep, it's breakfast food.

--Kenya -- A traditional Kenyan breakfast includes porridge, made from corn, sorghum, or millet. It's often served with peanuts, fish or boiled sweet potatoes or cassava.

--India -- Indian breakfasts often are vegetarian. A favorite is vegetable upma, a hot breakfast made from farina and vegetables including onions, carrots and green beans and spiced with ginger, curry leaves, mustard seeds and cumin. The warm morning meal provides plenty of iron from fortified grains and dietary fiber from vegetables.

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