Today marks the start of the most nutritious month of the year, National Nutrition Month! Every year for the last 40 years, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) has put an emphasis on promoting positive nutrition messages during National Nutrition Month. The theme for this March is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”
The theme for Nation Nutrition Month this year emphasizes that a healthy diet doesn’t have to look a certain way; “healthy” can include personal preferences, family traditions and ethnic customs. This is a good reminder to keep patients’ and clients’ cultural/ethnic background in mind when discussing nutrition. In addition, patients who want to add a little more excitement to their diet may want to try nutritious foods from other cultures and regions.
Eggs can be a part of a healthy diet, fitting into the protein portion of MyPlate, and are also enjoyed around the world as a part of nutritious meals of many different cultures. Many egg dishes are similar across cultures, but with slightly different flavorings and spices.
Below are some suggestions for how to fit eggs into the MyPlate healthy meal plan while also trying some new cultural and ethnic flavors:
- Try making French crepes and filling them with low-fat yogurt and fruit.
- Experiment with French omelets by mixing in low-fat cheese, your favorite vegetables, and herbs (chives, parsley, tarragon).
- Cook up Italian-inspired meals by trying a frittata or Italian vegetable custard.
- Add some classic Greek ingredients to omelets, such as red pepper, eggplant, tomatoes, onion, and feta cheese.
- Stir-fry Asian vegetables (mushrooms, bok choy, snap peas, carrots) along with a scrambled egg.
- Start your day with an easy Mexican quesadilla or burrito filled with eggs, beans, salsa, spinach, and low-fat cheese.
Do you have any favorite ethnic dishes that include eggs?