Health Tips by Tasneem Legohn, RD

Trinities Of Cooking

In most cuisines, a base of herbs, spices, and aromatics are used to create the distinct flavor of the cuisine. The combination of flavors is usually in equal parts of three, and that is why it is called the "Trinity" of cooking. In French cuisine, the trinity of cooking include equal parts of onion, carrot, and celery. In Spanish cuisine, onion, garlic, and tomato are often use. The trinity ingredients are often cooked together as a base for many dishes to create the unique flavor of the cuisine. Check out this site to learn about the Trinities of cooking used in difference cultural cuisines http://www.thecitycook.com/articles/2011-09-01-the-trinities

DIY Seasonings

In celebration of this year National Nutrition Month's theme, "Savor the Flavor," challenge yourself to make your own seasonings! If you look at the ingredients of some common seasonings, like taco or cajun seasonings, you may see "fillers" like anti-caking agents (silicon dioxide), MSG, sugar, modified food starch, and even milk by-products. When you make your own seasonings, you know exactly what it contains, plus you can adjust the flavors to your preference. Check out the AllRecipes website for Do-It-Yourself seasonings and spice blends by clicking the photo:

Happy National Nutrition Month

Happy National Nutrition Month! March is National Nutrition Month, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and this year's theme is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right." The goal is to focus on using natural flavors like herbs, spices, plants, peppers and parts of food (like the juice or peel of a lemon) to give your food flavor. Utilizing these natural flavors are helpful in reducing salt use and intake. Various herbs, spices, and plants have also shown to produce therapeutic effects; for instance, research has suggested that garlic may aid in reducing blood pressure in those with high blood pressure. This month, make it a goal to get creative and savor the flavor of different he

Kiwi Fruit

Craving something sweet? Grab a Kiwi Fruit! Kiwis are packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants to combat free radicals. The average kiwi also has 2 grams of fiber, nearly 10% of the recommended fiber needs are packed into these tiny gems! So next time you want a sweet, grab a kiwi, not a snicker! ;)

Dietary Guidelines For Americans

Do you know about our 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans? In January, the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were introduced for professionals in the public health field to use as a guide to inform consumers of recommended dietary choices. These guidelines are updated every five years based on research and studies regarding the health and dietary patterns of Americans. The guidelines provide general recommendations that most people can utilize in the lives; like limiting saturated fat and added sodium and sugar, and increasing consumption of whole fruit, a variety of vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. The guidelines are recommendations for healthy people; not peopl

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