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New Year, New Foods...

Are you staying true to your health-related new year resolutions? Let me help you stay the course... Read more for healthy habits to implement this year!

I realize that we are already one month into the new year, but let's not forget those health-related resolutions. As we all know, with the start of a new year brings about a fresh start, for many, as it relates to overall health and nutrition. I know that it’s sometimes difficult for us to make drastic health changes and stay consistent. This is why I am suggesting a health change that is very simple for you and your family. I would like to recommend trying new and healthier food options on a weekly/bi-weekly basis. I know that some people are afraid of trying new things, but doing so is good for your body. Our bodies require a vast array of vitamins and minerals that are best attained by eating a variety of foods.

I have been a proponent of healthy eating for many years now. Although, I must be honest in saying that I hadn’t made a conscious practice of trying new foods consistently until last year. I have two young children and I felt a need to not only feed them a healthy diet, but to also expose them to a large variety of foods on a regular basis. I want them to receive as many naturally occurring vitamins and nutrients as possible. We still take our vitamins/supplements daily, although we recognize the importance of getting many of the vitamins our bodies need directly from our food.

To share a personal experience on this topic; I recently introduced my family to edamame. I have eaten edamame in the past, but for whatever reason I had never prepared it for my family. I am happy to say that the edamame was a success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!

One suggestion that I would like to make is that you may want to mix in the new food item with a dish that is tried and true for your family. For example, when I introduced the edamame, I mixed it into a veggie rice that I often make for the family, but I simply substituted edamame in place of the green peas.

Now you may not be very successful the first few times that you try new foods with your family, but don’t get discouraged and don’t give up. Just keep trying until you get it right. You are bound to find some new foods that everyone will love over time, while expanding your family’s palate! Please share your New Year… New Foods stories with me, I would love to hear them! See you around the neighborhood with new foods in tow!

Shonte’ Press is founder of S. Press Enterprise and Saved M.O.M. If you would like more information on health and wellness, check out www.spressonline.com. If you would like more information on parenting, check out www.savedmom.com. You can also stay connected & comment on articles at www.twitter.com/spressonline, www.facebook.com/spressonline and www.twitter.com/savedmom.   

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