We’re still celebrating National Nutrition Month and I’ve had a great time spreading the word that we can all “enjoy the taste of eating right.”
You know, to “enjoy the taste of eating right” we want to focus on FLAVOR. Our food should look good, taste good and be good for us — it doesn’t have to compromise one for another. I was on WBAL TV 11 in Baltimore this past weekend sharing foods that are full of flavor AND nutrition. You can watch the full clip here, or read on below to see some of the highlights:
Get Your “Gut” Healthy With Active Cultures
We have billions of “good bacteria” in our gut that help digest food, make vitamins, and keep our immune system healthy. You want to help support digestive health with whole grains, fiber, and active cultures, which you can actually get in your breakfast cereal. New Great Grains Digestive Blend cereals gives you all three. Per serving you get:
- Over 40g of whole grains
- An excellent source of fiber – 7g
- Active cultures to support digestive health
Plus it comes in two delicious varieties: Berry Medley and Vanilla Graham. They’re flavorful on their own, but you can also add fruits and nuts to your morning cereal or try a yogurt parfait with either one of these delicious flavors. You can find Great Grains Digestive Blend at most local grocery stores.
Choose Quality Dairy Foods
Cottage cheese is an easy way to add flavor to your meals, but all cottage cheese is not the same. Quality and ingredients matter.
Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese is introducing new, modern packaging that highlights what makes “The Daisy Difference” – better ingredients. Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese has no more than four high-quality ingredients, compared with other leading brands, which could have 10 or more.
Cottage cheese is delicious and versatile, with many FLAVOR possibilities for meals and snacks. It can be incorporated into recipes like this Apple Walnut Breakfast, or try it mixed with your favorite toppings, such as berries, nuts or granola.
Look for Daisy regular cottage cheese, with the dark blue lids, and Daisy low fat cottage cheese, with the light blue lids, at your local grocery store.
Who doesn’t love a crunchy snack? Sometimes chips and guac or chips and salsa hit the spot. Well, I’m adding a new fave to the snack scene. Full-of-flavor veggie chips. Yes, veggie chips. These new sriracha veggie chips by The Real Deal All Natural Snacks are so yummy. They have a wonderful balance of spicy and crunchy. The Veggie Chips also come in aged white cheddar and original.
- They’re made with real green peas, corn and rice – a serving and a half of vegetables in 1 ounce
- They have only 110 calories for 100 veggie chips
- They’re all natural, gluten free, kosher and non-GMO – and have 80% less fat than potato chips.
Give them a whirl. You can find them at your local Whole Foods and Wegman’s
Make Healthy Dinners Flavorful
It’s easier to get the family to eat healthy when the food tastes delicious. McCormick herbs and spices help make healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains more flavorful without adding salt, sugar, or fat.
This Tuscan pasta is a great way to get more veggies on your family’s plate. You can use any veggies you have on hand, like tomatoes, mushrooms, and zucchini. Then add whole grain pasta, and tomato sauce you make yourself with McCormick “perfect pinch” Italian seasoning, black pepper and garlic powder.
Here’s a side tip: If you love flavor but know you need to cut back on salt. Replace your salt shaker with garlic powder. Use it anywhere you would use salt.
For a quick, no-cook fresh fruit and veggie dish, make your own vinaigrette to control salt levels and customize flavor. This field greens with strawberries, oranges and chai vinaigrette will be an easy family favorite. The chai gives a flavor boost with McCormick cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon. The “acid” for the dressing is orange juice and I used extra virgin olive oil for the oil base. You can’t mess up this recipe! Get help from the grocery store with the premixed salad greens or try a combo of any two like kale ribbons and romaine. Add any two fruits you like and you’ve got a fresh, nutritious weeknight meal in no time.
You can find more delicious recipes like these at www.mccormick.com and look for McCormick spices at your local grocery store.
How Do You Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right?
Leave a comment below to share your favorite tips for flavorful, healthy meals and snacks.
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