Give your tastebuds a trip around the world

When building our meals each day, we want to keep our focus on health and incorporate variety. The variety should come from the different food groups of vegetables, fruits, grains, protein and dairy, and various cultures.

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We may have favorites from our own culture but experiencing the flavors of others can expand our palate and preparation methods to include more diverse food selections we make daily.

As you plan your meals, travel around the world through your plate. Start your day out with Scottish oatmeal or bulger made with milk and topping it with fruit and nuts will provide a bonus of vitamins and minerals.

Make use of the seasonal produce around us, and in hotter months, which is more often than not in Central Florida. Cook dishes that don’t require heating to keep you and your home cool. Preparing Gazpacho, a cold, tomato-based soup, or Vietnamese Spring Rolls will allow you to include fresh produce other than the endless variety of salad combinations you can think of.

Flavor your food with herbs and seasonings other than salt. Spice it up a little with Sambar, an Indian lentil and vegetable stew. Lentils are packed with protein, fiber, potassium, iron, and folate. For a snack, visit Greece by making your own tzatziki dip. Tzatziki dip is made from cucumbers, yogurt, garlic, and dill and pairs well with whole-grain crackers and fresh seasonal produce for dipping.

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