March 1, 2016

Slam dunks found in the kitchen not on the court…

By Margaret Gall

Graphic_NNM2016_HORIZONTAL_FINALNow that I caught your attention with some basketball lingo, I want to share about another annual event besides March Madness – though not as well-known unless you are a dietitian like me! March is National Nutrition Month® which started as a month-long campaign in 1980 – a “new kid on the court” compared to basketball tournaments dating back to March 1908!

National Nutrition Month® is a time set aside by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for nutrition education and information to draw awareness to the importance of making informed food choices and healthy eating and physical activity habits. The theme for this month’s campaign is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” which promotes taking time to enjoy food traditions, appreciating the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food offers. Focus is on healthy eating patterns that include nutritious and flavorful foods.

Try these slam dunk flavor enhancers:

  • Chicken: Cinnamon, cranberry sauce, dill, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, mace, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme
  • Fish: Allspice, basil, bay leaf, chervil, chives, curry, dry mustard, lemon juice, oregano, paprika, sage, thyme
  • Asparagus: Basil, garlic, lemon juice, tarragon
  • Broccoli: Basil, lemon juice, mace, nutmeg, oregano, tarragon
  • Salads: Basil, chervil, dill, lemon juice, parsley, tarragon, vinegar
  • Rice: Basil, cumin, curry, green pepper, oregano, saffron, turmeric
  • Indian dishes: cardamom, cayenne, coriander, cumin, curry, garlic, ginger, mustard seeds, turmeric
  • Mexican dishes: cayenne, chili powder, chorizo, coriander, cumin, fresh chilies (green and red), garlic, oregano
  • Oriental dishes: cayenne, cumin, garlic, ginger, green pepper, sesame

Want more ways to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right?" Look for nutrition displays and food demos in the DAHLC, Harwick, Rochester Methodist, and Saint Mary's employee cafeterias (click here for a calendar of events). Stop by the weekly food demonstrations to sample recipes that emphasize herbs and spices to flavor Italian, Mexican, and Moroccan dishes. Also, register to attend the DAHLC culinary classes:

  • Irish Fare – Get a taste of Irish cooking on March 9 from 11:15 -11:45 am
  • Breads – Learn about baking different types of breads on March 14 from 5:15 – 6 pm
  • Wielding a Knife – Get hands-on practice for basic knife skills on March 16 from noon – 12:45 pm

For additional nutrition resources, go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Here’s to embracing new flavors this month of Madness!

Tags: Blog, Eat Well, Eat Well, flavor, national nutrition month, Recipe, savor the flavor

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