Knock two New Year’s resolutions off your list this month by reorganizing your home meals to include whole foods, greens, and superfoods!
March is National Nutritional Month, and there’s no better time to reorganize your kitchen and re-work your favorite go-to’s by substituting plenty of whole foods, dark greens, and other superfoods.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers s great toolbox of recipes and tips to get you on your way. Here are a few of our best suggestions to get you started:
Clean Out Your Kitchen
Take a day (preferably when no one else is in the house!) and pull out all of your bowls, knives, vegetable peelers, and plastic storage containers. Check for loose handles and missing lids and allow yourself to throw out anything that is no longer useful. Spring is the perfect time to find great houseware deals and you can find cheap glass and non-BPA plastic food storage containers to keep chopped vegetables and fruits within easy reach.
Invest in Tools of the Trade
There are a few things that make our lives easier (and we just can’t live without) include kitchen tools that can found in most supermarkets today. Our favorites include an apple corer, lemon press, a micro-planner, garlic press, and a large cutting board and several high-quality knives in various sizes.
Ask an Expert
Make an appointment with a registered dietitian-nutritionist who can give you specific and easy-to-follow nutritional advice that meets your health, taste, and lifestyle needs. Nutritionists today can provide you with a list of foods and superfoods that should be incorporated into your meal planning to keep ahead of family health concerns or any other issues.
Consider a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Diet
A heart-healthy, Mediterranean diet, with lots of fresh vegetables; plant-based proteins like tofu and beans, nuts, and legumes; and healthy fats like olives and olive oil, sesame seed butter, avocados, and omega-rich fish.
Good Mediterranean cooking uses handfuls of fresh garlic, onions, hot chili peppers, and herbs like parsley, oregano, basil, and rosemary. We encourage you to experiment with fresh herbs, and if you are daring, try incorporating some of the Middle Eastern dried spices that we grew up with. Popular Middle Eastern spices include sumac, turmeric, cumin, coriander, allspice, spicy paprika, and cinnamon.
Learning new recipes and finding inspiration from nutritious foods are well worth the time. Treat yourself to a new cookbook and explore a new world of healthy and nutritious recipes that can become part of your weekly meal planning.