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Happy National Nutrition Month! How do you “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right?”

eatting right.jpgMarch is National Nutrition Month. This is the time for us all to focus on broadening our nutritional awareness and our healthy eating habits. This year’s theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” is also encouraging us to focus on the flavor of healthy eating.

FoodFacts.com thinks that this is a great new direction for the occasion! Too many Americans still associate healthy eating with a lack of flavor. Some of us even have some bad memories of our moms attempting to include different versions of health foods into family favorites. My own mom was no exception. Many decades ago, when adding bran to your diet was a popular, healthy addition, my mother got a little carried away. Growing up in an Italian household, meatballs were a Sunday meal staple. She decided to substitute bran for the bread in her meatballs one Sunday. It was rather unforgettable and it would be difficult to accurately describe the look on my dad’s face when he bit into a meatball. If you know anything about Italian Sunday meals, you know they’re rather long, boisterous affairs. That one wasn’t. At all.

We’ve come so far in defining healthy eating and healthy habits. These many decades later, there are so many flavorful ways to incorporate healthy foods (and healthy cooking) into our diets. We can “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” without sacrificing taste or meal satisfaction. So we want to share some ideas with our community to help you get the most enjoyment from your healthy diet.

Fruit in the fridge
Apples, pears, bananas, grapes, peaches, apricots, cherries, melons, berries … we love them all. We sometimes notice though, that we don’t get as much of them as we would if we have them readily available. Many of us like to choose a variety of them, slice up those that aren’t bite size and mix them together in a container to keep in the fridge. Great mid-afternoon snack. Perfect for taking care of a little craving after dinner.

Parfaits for breakfast
They’re appealing. They’re tasty. And when you make them yourself, they’re healthy. Good quality plain yogurt, low-fat granola and the fruit of your choice make for an interesting and satisfying breakfast. Kids love these, too. They look like dessert!

Meatless Monday
We really like this idea. With all the research that’s come out regarding plant-based diets, the mediterranean diets and the benefits of plant-based proteins, many of us here really enjoy reserving one day of the week for meatless meals. It allows us to be creative and experiment. This winter we’ve enjoyed a variety of soups — mushroom barley, potato, tomato and broccoli to name just a few. Beans and root vegetables can make a great, flavorful stew. Let’s move away from the idea that vegetarian meals can’t be hearty and delicious.

Nuts and seeds
In the last twelve months or so we’ve seen some great, meaningful research some out about a variety of nuts and seeds. Walnuts, almonds and chia seeds come to mind, but there are so many options. Sprinkle them in oatmeal or yogurt. Enjoy them over salads. Incorporate them into sauces. They add a distinctive crunch and depth of flavor to whatever dish in which they’re included!

Kids in the kitchen
Looking for ways to encourage your kids to make better food choices? Get them cooking! Kids are naturally creative souls and there’s no better way to put that creativity to work. Their involvement in food preparation actually helps them to try new foods and gets them excited about their meals. Even if they’re not old enough to slice and dice, there are still many different ways they can help out. They can learn to measure and mix ingredients, choose different herbs and spices and help to create new recipes. They’ll love it and you’ll have a great time. And who knows, with a little encouragement you may have a future Bobby Flay or Mario Batali in the family!

However you choose to celebrate National Nutrition Month, make it healthy and delicious for the whole family! “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” throughout March and all year long!

Fight cancer at the farmer’s market

FoodFacts.com does its best to inform our community of different foods that are beneficial in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Staying healthy has to do with many different parts of a person’s life: diet, nutrition, stress and heredity are among those things that play a role. While there are elements of our lives we just don’t have control over (like our family tree), there are things we can do to reduce our risk of disease.

Certain foods have been identified as helpful in the reduction of cancer risk. These foods are packed with nutritional content. They are typically low in calories and high in fiber.

The American Institute for Cancer research has cited weight control as a key factor in preventing some cancers. In fact, obesity is said to increase the risk of colorectal, esophageal, endometrial, pancreatic, renal and postmenopausal breast cancers.

There are food gwhat-are-cruciferous-vegetablesroups that boast especially beneficial nutritional components that will help control weight and bring countless other health benefits. Here are some food groups that can help you enjoy better health:

  • Cruciferous vegetables – Research has shown that the phytochemical, sulforaphane, found in these vegetables can stimulate enzymes in the body that are thought to detoxify carcinogens before they can damage cells. Indole 3-carbinol and crambene (compounds also found in crucierous vegetables) are also thought to activate detoxification enzymes.
  • Garlic helps protect against stomach cancer, colon cancer, esophageal, pancreatic and breast cancers. Onions, leeks and chives have all shown similar effects.
  • Berries are also high in vitamin C, fiber and ellagic acid, shown to reduce the risk of breast, lung, bladder and skin cancers. In addition, berries have been shown to slow down the growth of cancer cells.
  • Beans - Legumes like lentils, peas and any dried beans are high in saponins. Saponins are phytochemicals found in beans and herbs. They have been shown to be beneficial in reducing blood cholesterol levels, cancer risks and supporting bone health. Beans are also high in fiber.peas
  • Dark green leafy vegetables (spinach and kale, dark lettuces) have carotenoids, which protect against cancer of the mouth, larynx and pharynx. Other research has found that the carotenoids in these vegetables also slow the growth of certain types of stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer cells.
  • Grapes and grape juice are also loaded with resveratrol. The skin of grapes contains most of its resveratrol. Red grapes carry more of the phytochemical than green grapes. Resveratrol is thought to slow the growth of cancer cells and may inhibit tumors in the liver and stomach.
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  • Tomatoes sport there beautiful red color because of the phytochemical lycopene. Lycopene is linked to the reduction of the risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene and other related anyoxidants have displayed anti-cancer benefits in varying studies with other cancer cells beyond prostate, including breast, lung and endometrial.

FoodFacts.com is excited to continually share with you the food choices that will work to keep you vital, healthy and energetic. All the foods detailed here are tasty

additions to your diet, and they offer protection against cancer, not to mention carrying many other nutrients that benefit your body in a variety of ways. Stock up and get cooking!