(HealthNewsDigest.com) - If you know me, you know I am not a fan of the latest ‘diet' trend or touted superfood. Spinach, broccoli, blueberries - the familiar are all still nutrition powerhouses, but you have to have a balance of ALL nutrients. Some new (or new-to-you) food trends may just have staying power, and for good reason as their benefits stack up to their health claims deserving a spot in your menu! With March as National Nutrition Month why not branch out and try something new. Don't let these new ingredients intimidate you - here are some easy ways to incorporate them into your menu.
Kale: Chunky Corn Chowder with Kale and Sweet Potato - Naturally sweet and savory flavors combine for a hearty vegetarian bowl of delicious goodness.
- Just one cup of kale has 5 grams of fiber, 15% of your daily calcium recommended intake, 180% of vitamin A, and 200% of vitamin C!
- Super versatile, add Kale to smoothies, use it as lettuce in your salad and even bake it with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt for yummy Kale chips.
- Kale is the new spinach - look for it precut and packaged in the supermarket by the bags of lettuce.
Quinoa: Fruity Quinoa Salad - Your favorite fruits combined with the zing of red onion and cucumber make a fresh and tasty salad choice.
- Quinoa is a grain-like seed that is high in protein, low in fat and also contains iron and fiber - especially important for vegetarians.
- If you haven't tried quinoa, you will enjoy the easy preparation and terrific taste of this nutty grain.
- Think of quinoa as a substitute for rice.
Salmon: Salmon with Dill Dijon Sauce - Easy preparation and gourmet presentation for a fantastic heart-healthy dish.
- Salmon is more mainstream than a new trend - as it should be since the American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish, such as salmon, rich in heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids at least 2 times per week.
- Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, providing a host of nutritional benefits including reduced risk of heart disease and inflammation; which helps with joint pain.
- Instead of one large piece of salmon, you can use individual pieces for individual servings.
- I have served this as an appetizer and a main dish at cocktail parties - either way guests were so impressed.
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