Day 31 – Brave New Food

Trying new foods can be a fun and daring experience, especially for picky eaters who may fear it more than most. A lot of people automatically think that when one suggest trying a new food it means they should try wild, exotic dishes like chocolate covered locusts or monkey brains. This is SO not what I am talking about!

It’s not that there is anything wrong with going on exotic food safaris. It’s just that, for most of us, baby steps are a more appealing approach to trying new foods. Trying a common food that you may have missed out on growing up, or one that you have not had more than once/twice as a child and you “didn’t like it”, is a good place to start. I recently tried asparagus for example, something I don’t ever remember having before (and avoided growing up because it looked gross), and it turned out to be pretty tasty after it was sauteed with some garlic and olive oil. Perhaps for you a similar food would be something like water chestnuts, snow peas, mussels, or even whole wheat pasta. There are a lot of semi-common foods many people have tried that you have yet to sample. Why not give it a shot?

The real question is, why try new foods at all? Is there a health benefit? Many professionals would argue that yes indeed there is. This is especially true for children. The more variety they are introduced to in their foods, the more they have to choose from as an adult to maintain a healthy diet. It’s hard to eat right when your limited to only a handful of foods.

Click on the image below for more info on fun ways to try new things, both as an adult and with your kids!



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