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Do you have good taste? These techniques will help!
03.24.2014 [SMH Extra]

When it comes to choosing what to eat, nutrition is important, but flavor is likely the true motivator and also the key to eating right, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

grilledveggiespeppersloresNational Nutrition Month in March is the perfect time to experiment with new flavors and combinations in healthy meals and “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

According to consumer research, taste tops nutrition as the main reason why consumers buy one food over another.

“The foods we most commonly eat are often those we enjoy the most,” says registered dietitian and Academy spokesperson Joy Dubost. “So make taste a priority when preparing nutritious meals.”

To maximize food’s flavor and nutrition, choose high-quality ingredients at their peak quality, and be sure to store and handle foods properly. Proper food handling and storage can enhance the natural flavors of food and keep nutrient loss to a minimum. Overcooking can destroy both flavor and nutrients, so be sure to cook foods properly to retain nutrients and enhance flavor, color, texture and overall appeal.

Try some of these simple techniques to enhance flavor while experimenting with flavor combinations:

• Pep it up with peppers. Use red, green and yellow peppers of all varieties—sweet, hot and dried. Or add a dash of hot pepper sauce.

• Try grilling or roasting veggies in a very hot (450°F) oven or grill for a sweet, smoky flavor. Brush or spray them lightly with oil so they don’t dry out. Sprinkle with herbs.

• Caramelize sliced onions to bring out their natural sugar flavor by cooking them slowly over low heat in a small amount of oil. Use them to make a rich, dark sauce for meat or poultry.

• For fuller flavors, incorporate more whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa, or experiment with amaranth, millet, and wild rice.

• Add small amounts of ingredients with bold flavors like pomegranate seeds, chipotle pepper or cilantro.

• Add a tangy taste with citrus juice or grated citrus peel: lemon, lime or orange. Acidic ingredients help lift and balance flavor.

• Enhance sauces, soups and salads with a splash of flavored balsamic or rice vinegar.

These simple cooking steps can transform your favorite meals and foods. Keep in mind the average adult has 10,000 taste buds, and people sense the same foods differently. So don’t be afraid to try new foods, flavors and taste combinations.

If you’d like help planning your meals, contact our Outpatient Nutrition Counseling Program for a consultation;  call 941-917-7468.

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