Do you ever try new foods?
If you’re like most people, you probably stick pretty much with the same items for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks – in fact, week after week your meals may look very similar.
Not only is this boring, but you miss out on the wonderful variety of different foods available.
Eating a healthy diet isn’t just about choosing healthy food, it’s also about variety.
A diet that’s packed to the brim with different foods will ensure you’re getting all the vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants you need for a healthy body.
Today’s challenge is to add one new food to your shopping trolley
Think about what you normally eat – is there one food group that dominates, for example carbohydrates, or meat?
Can you include something new from one of the other food groups?
The food groups are:
- Fruit and vegetables
- Bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta
- Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, and other non-dairy sources of protein
- Milk and dairy foods
- Foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar
6 ways to add more variety to your daily diet:
#1 Try a new fruit, or perhaps one you haven’t tasted in a while – how about mango, raspberries, pomegranate, or dried cranberries?
#2 Swap your normal snack for a handful of healthy nuts – try some walnuts, almonds, or cashew nuts.
#3 Have you tried snacking on seeds? Go for sunflower, or pumpkin seeds as a snack; alternatively you could toss them through a salad.
#4 What about fish? Have you tried tinned salmon, mackerel, or pilchards, or how about fresh tuna, trout, or herring?
#5 Do you eat the same meat week after week? How about adding a new cut of meat? Or, perhaps going vegetarian for one night?
#6 Have you tried legumes? They are extremely nutritious, and very easy to add to salads, casseroles, curries, or soups.
There are so many different foods to choose from, why keep choosing the same ones?
What new food will you try out today?