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Food for Thought: A fresh approach to better eating habits
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The first step to improving your eating habits is simple: When it comes to meals, always include fresh ingredients. Fresh foods make meals taste better, and they can provide more of the nutrients that fuel your body and support your immune system.
ýA great way to start your morning is with fresh fruit, whole wheat bread and an egg dish that incorporates freshly cut vegetables,ţ says registered dietitian Elizabeth Ward.
You might assume all foods found at the grocery store are fresh, but looks can be deceiving. Ward offers some tips for choosing fresh foods:
´ Meat: Avoid meats that are purple or dark brown, as these are signs meat is not fresh. The freshest cuts of meat are a bright pink or red color; bones and fat are bright white.
´ Fruits and vegetables: Research which fruits and vegetables are in-season and be on the lookout for firm and crisp leaves. Before you place any fruit or vegetables in your shopping cart, examine them for any bruising, mold or signs of damage from insects.
´ Eggs: Read up on the ingredients in your egg producerÝs hen feed. A recent study from The Journal of Applied Poultry Research published an article in December 2013 titled ýMarket survey of quality and freshness of eggs produced under an enhanced hen nutrition and egg production program.ţ The study confirmed that hen feed and processing production plays a significant role in producing a fresher egg.
Number to Know
20 million: Around the world, families consume rice daily as an important energy-providing ingredient of their diet. In the U.S., itÝs been a pantry staple for side and main dishes for generations, and each year in September we celebrate the harvest of more than 20 billion pounds of U.S.-grown rice during National Rice Month.
BROWN AND WILD RICE AND SAUSAGE
´ 1 cup Minute(R) Ready to Serve Brown & Wild Rice
´ 1/4 cup cooked, crumbled sausage (for a lighter version, use low-fat turkey sausage)
´ 2 T roasted red pepper, chopped
´ 1 cup baby spinach leaves
´ 1 T Parmesan cheese
Prepare rice according to package directions. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine sausage, red pepper and spinach. Microwave one minute. Stir in rice. Top with cheese.
Makes 1 serving.
True or false: Rice is a complex carbohydrate that helps boost mental and muscular function.
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Wise to the Word
Champagne vinegar: Champagne vinegar, more aromatic and complex than red or white wine vinegar, is often used in French vinaigrettes. Wine and Champagne vinegars are formed by the fermentation of their alcohol into acetic acid.
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ýBudget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half,ţ by Beth Moncel
ýBudget Bytesţ has more than 100 simple, healthy and delicious recipes, including Greek Steak Tacos, Coconut Chicken Curry, Chorizo Sweet Potato Enchiladas and Teriyaki Salmon with Sriracha Mayonnaise, to name a few. It also contains expert principles for saving in the kitchen ˇ including how to combine inexpensive ingredients with expensive to ensure that you can still have that steak youÝre craving, and information to help anyone get acquainted with his or her kitchen and get maximum use out of the freezer.
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