Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Variety of Food Flavors

For this year's National Nutrition Month, the theme is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right." One good way to do this is to spice up your cooking with a variety of herbs and spices in order to add more nutritional value to your food.

There are a multitude of spices to pick from and the ones you use will naturally depend on the type of food you want to cook. If you are cooking a dish that is meant to have a Mediterranean flavor, then lemon, oregano, garlic and parsley are the spices of choice. Cooking Mediterranean dishes with olive oil is also highly recommended, as olive oil is rich in anti-oxidants and Vitamin E, has anti-inflammatory properties, is heart healthy and can prevent Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

If you enjoy cooking Indian food, there are a plethora of spices you can use. These include turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, curry powder, ginger, garlic and various Masala (spice) mixtures available for sale at Indian stores. Italian food lovers will find that spices of choice include oregano, garlic, basil and marjoram while French food lovers will enjoy cooking with rosemary, sage, lavender and thyme.

If you are not sure which spices would suit your tastes, why not try cooking a variety of dishes from different countries? Many recipe websites offer easy to follow recipes for those who are cooking a particular dish for the first time. As you try out different foods and benefit from the nutrients offered by different types of spices, you are sure to feel healthier than ever before. What is more, learning how to cook healthy, low-fat dishes can help you shed unwanted pounds and stay in shape once you have reached your ideal weight.


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