Want to Jump Start Your Diet? Trying New Foods.


Chinese Vegetable Soup

One of the methods that can be used to help make changes in diet is to try new foods.  New ingredients, new methods of cooking, new textures and techniques, can slip more vegetable servings and less fried and processed food into a diet quickly.  There are lots of ways to go about doing this, and the journey can be incredibly enjoyable.

If one is not the world's greatest cook, is just starting out, the best tool that one can buy is a decent meat thermometer.  For many dishes, over- or under-cooking meats is the most common way to ruin a dish. 

From there, it's a matter of choosing the right cuisines and recipes to test out.  There's some general tips that can help.  All cuisines contain foods that are not good food choices for daily meals. 

Mediterranean cuisine is a broad category that is being touted as the best food for long term health.  The tricks to choosing recipes that come from this region is to choose recipes that are authentic, and that have ingredients and techniques that are healthy.  Americanized cuisine often is heavier than its authentic cousin.  This is particularly true of Italian food.  Avoid fried foods, and foods with a great deal of simple carbohydrates such as white flour and potatoes.  Instead, choose dishes that contain simple proteins and a great deal of vegetable and herb ingredients.  Dishes that are cooked simply and quickly are great choices when just testing out a cuisine.

Another method of choosing healthier cuisine is choosing a cuisine that is vegetable and/or fish heavy to begin with.  Asian food of nearly all types can make it really easy to get more vegetable servings into one's diet.  Choosing more authentic recipes again reduces the amount of heaviness or richness.  Choosing dishes without fatty or heavily thickened sauces can also help.

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