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Why is Trying New Foods Important?

Posted on August 24 2020

Why is Trying New Foods Important?

 

Are you a picky eater? If so, you may be reluctant to see anything unexpected on your dinner plate. We’ve all been there: it can be scary to try new things. But it can also be incredibly and deliciously rewarding. Trying new foods will do more than widen your horizons - it can help you eat healthier, introduce you to different cultures, and add more nutrients to your diet. Picky eaters - open yourself to the benefits that trying new foods has to offer.

Firstly, it’s a creative way to add more nutrition to your diet. Shopping for new ingredients has health benefits. Maybe your diet has a lack of vegetables or protein, but you’re bored of leafy greens and lean chicken. In that case, cooking a dish that contains these nutrients can convince you to branch out. Meals that use different ingredients like quinoa or tofu can add variety to your diet. If you’re afraid to fully commit, fear not - you can change your mind and vacuum seal the unfamiliar ingredients, freeze them, and use them down the road. Vacuum seal rolls are very convenient - rolls offer versatility so that you can store leftover ingredients of any shape or size, without worrying that they’ll be freezer burnt when you go to use them again. If you’re ever worried about wasting extra ingredients, remember that you can utilize vacuum seal storage to keep them fresh for weeks, months or sometimes years.

Having a dinner party? Sometimes, the conversation can get stale when it’s served with the same tired dishes. Why not mix it up? Bringing something unexpected to the table is a great way to start a conversation. People can talk about what they think of the dish, or if they’ve tried it before. It can start a discussion about places you and your guests have traveled, and the types of cuisine tried there. If you’re spending time with a friend or family member, you can make the dish together - cooking is a great bonding experience!

If you have children, you can be setting a bad example by restricting your food intake. How will they learn to try new things if their parents don’t? By bringing new ingredients to the dinner table, you can show kids that it’s okay to branch out. It’s rewarding to explore new food. Your children will be more willing to eat their vegetables if they see you do it first!

Eating can be like a geography lesson. You can learn more about different cultures by trying cuisines that you’re unfamiliar with. It will teach you about the ingredients and spices that are more popular in other parts of the world. You can learn so much about the values and traditions that other countries have when you make their staple dishes. Cooking new cuisines can teach you and your family about customs, ceremonies, and specialty dishes celebrated in other parts of the world. Try cooking food inspired by a different country every month!

When you’re in the kitchen, you might be so bored with cooking the same old dishes that you’d rather opt for takeout, but meal prepping is a great way to save yourself time and money. Trying new foods adds a new level of excitement to this. When you’re prepping for a week at work and are making extra food, you can use a vacuum sealed bag to keep your food fresh for as long as you need it. BPA free, these heavy-duty bags are even safe to microwave. To keep your dishes fresh for multiple days, store them in vacuum sealed bags so that they’re simple to store and easy to take with you.

Eating the same foods over and over can make you grow bored of the meals you love most. If you try something new, you’ll have a better appreciation of your old favorites when you return to them. Having pasta every night might make you loathe your tried-and-true. Throw something different in the mix! That way, you won’t risk over-eating your familiar rotation of meals. When you eat a different dish, you might learn about a combination of spices that you hadn’t considered before, or a method of cooking you haven't attempted. You can use these strategies to improve existing recipes that you’re already familiar with and add a twist to a favorite classic.

You might think you know your favorite food - but do you really? If you never try new things, you risk missing out on a potential dish that you may love. Your enjoyment of eating will be greater when you try things you might be afraid of. That plate of oysters might make you sweat now, but give it a go, and it may make your mouth water. Or how about sushi? Try a new type of cuisine, and you’ll be rewarded with a possible new favorite. It might inspire you to break out your kitchen apron and try making it yourself.

Be adventurous this month and try something new! It’s a great way to add more nutrition and variety to your diet. You can use the cooking experience to bond with those around you and stimulate interesting conversations. The only risk is that you won’t love what you create - in that case, you can always offer the leftovers to someone else.

 

Guest post written by: Veronica Wallace

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