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4 Tips for Fighting Food Boredom

Adding Creativity, Nutrition and Flavor to Your Meals

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Do you ever feel that the food choices this time of year seem boring? There is no local produce, the varieties of food are limited due to the seasons and you feel like you are eating the same things over and over. Add creativity and nutrition and flavor to your meals with these ideas:

1Start adding live fermented foods, especially vegetables to your plate. Fermented foods are rich in good bacteria that create a strong and healthy digestive and immune system. They come in many flavors that add a zesty addition to a cooked meal. Start with a spoonful of sauerkraut and then consider the spicier kimchi. There are also fermented sauces, pickles, tempeh and miso.

2Tired of salt, pepper and garlic seasoning? Herbs and spices can make food taste different, even exotic. Try adding cumin, which has smoky flavor that can be reminiscent of grilling outdoors. Cardamom, ginger or nutmeg added to soups, rice, oatmeal or baked apples to bring a warm exotic flavor. Shake dried herbs like oregano, mind, paprika, dill or rosemary onto your salad to flavor each piece of lettuce with the herbs instead of covering it with lots of dressing. Chili powder or smoked paprika on roasted vegetables is a taste surprise.

3Sprouting seeds, nuts and grains can be easily cultivated for adding to salads and stir-fries. Soak in water and then let them grow for a few days. This liberates nutrients and provides endless flavor and texture. Sprouted nuts and seeds are great when added to chia pudding, smoothies or salads. Broccoli and radish sprouts are great in salads or wraps instead of lettuce.

4Therapeutic grade, edible essential oils can be added to baked goods and smoothies. Several drops of citrus oils provide a burst of flavor to baked goods such as homemade pancakes. A few drops of peppermint oil is delicious added to chocolate recipes or smoothies. Cilantro essential oil is great in guacamole, Mexican inspired foods and even in rice.

Your food is important, so make it enjoyable!

Naomi Martoia, R.N. is Director of Nursing and Wellness Programs at Waller Wellness Center in Rochester Hills, MI. For more information call 248-844-1414. or visit WallerWellness.com.

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