We’ve all heard it before: eat a varied diet. But how do you actually go about that when it’s so easy to fall into routines and buy the same foods and cook the same meals? It’s worth getting a variety though. Why? Variety is important in our diets because it increases our chances of getting all the good nutrients we need. It also brings more flavour into our diets. So the more you can vary your intake the better, but it doesn’t have to be expensive or done all in one go.
A fun way to experience new tastes and flavours without necessarily having to buy anything is to spend a morning at a food market. Be brave and try everything.
Choose one new seasonal ingredient a week and see how you can bring that into your regular meals.
If you’re always eating bread, try wholewheat or rye or even a wrap. Or try different sources of carbs like quinoa, brown rice, couscous.
A big obstacle to having a variety if you’re not cooking for a family is the quantity of the food you buy. No one wants to buy 6 fish portions for themselves and then have to eat one every day so seal the remaining ones up tightly and freeze them until you’re ready for another delicious seafood meal. The same can be done for most other foods you might buy or make – make the freezer your friend.
Often all it takes is some inspiration – look at cookbooks, magazines, and food websites. They’re all bursting with delicious recipes and photos. If something catches your eye or makes your mouth water, give it a go!
And a very simple one, which many people tend to forget: buy different fruit and vegetables. The great thing with veg is that they don’t all require their own specific cooking methods. Steaming, roasting, sautéing or grilling works for most of them.
And if you’re always going for the burger and chips option as a take-away, now is as good a time as any to try something a little fresher and healthier, which you’ll find at any Kauai store like the Thai Crunch salad with house greens, free range roast chicken, cabbage, pickled ginger, broccoli, carrots, red peppers, cashews, mint, sesame seeds and Thai peanut dressing, or the Power Rocket Bowl with a great combination of warm brown rice and quinoa, free range roast chicken, rosa tomatoes, broccoli, celery, feta, raw corn, radishes, rocket and basil vinaigrette.