After such a long and dreary winter, getting outside feels just right. Grilling is a social event, making the “cook” part of the party when planned correctly, and it’s actually a great way to cook with health in mind since food is not sitting in fat like it would on a stove top. This year, make your grilled meals sing with flavor and color by adding fruits and vegetables!
As grills fire up across the country and we prepare for Memorial Day Weekend to officially kick off grilling season, I started thinking about all the delicious things we’re going to be eating from the grill. Lean cuts of meat are obvious, but did you know that you can work every food group onto the grill? Here are some ideas to cross merchandise to inspire our customers while enhancing nutrition and taste.
Recently, the Midwest was hit by one of the bigger snowfalls of the season, blanketing everything in the kind of snow that is perfect for building a snowman. Later in the week on Pinterest, one of my pins was a pancake snowman with a bacon scarf. It instantly made me smile,, and off I went with the tweak of replacing the bacon scarf with string cheese and bell pepper to personalize it in my Tweet. Take it one step further – by making the replacement I did, obvious to all of us dietitians, it made it a three food group meal relevant to exactly what happened with the weather. Is it a full serving of vegetables? No, but perhaps it moved a customer to add a veggie where they never would have thought it fit.
It’s spring cleaning season! Instead of just swapping out wardrobes and cleaning house, this year, add your kitchen to the list! Whether losing winter pounds, training for a run, or just keeping up with the kids, changing the menu to healthier fare can help that summer wardrobe fit as well as it did last year while boosting energy. With a little creativity, the menu can go from winter weary to spring time cheery in no time!
Frozen foods can be just as nutritious as fresh! It’s absolutely fine to use frozen veggies or fruits as a time saver in the kitchen on busy days. The added bonus is that there is no waste on frozen produce and shortened prep time since all the chopping is done!
Find your pot of gold at the end of the health rainbow by eating a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables.