Tip of the Day
Flavor plays a much larger role in good nutrition than one might think. According to consumer research, taste tops nutrition as the main reason why consumers buy one food over another. Get the most nutrition while enjoying the most flavor from your foods with a few simple tips:
- For grains that absorb fluid, like rice and barley, cook them in low-fat, reduced-sodium chicken or beef broth.
- Blend herbs, spices, sun-dried tomatoes and shredded cheeses into bread dough before baking it.
- Experiment with herbs and spices like basil, cumin, caraway and coriander.
- Sharpen the flavor of foods with small amounts of grated cheeses like Romano, Asiago, feta or blue cheese on vegetables, rice, salads and pastas.
- Intensify flavor with dried ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes, dried mushrooms, dried cranberries, dried apricots and dried figs. Broth, cooking wine and fruit juices can be used to plump dried ingredients.
- Marinate your foods with tangy, sweet or savory sauces. Check the labels and choose low-sodium options.
- Finish foods with a small drizzle of nut oils, such as hazelnut, almond or walnut oils.
For more information on getting the most nutrition while enjoying the flavors you love, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and view our Eat Right Nutrition Tips.
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Reviewed March 2013