4 Good Reasons To Try a New Food Each Week

We are mid-way through January, how are your New Year’s resolutions going? Instead of thinking of resolutions, I want you to think about healthy life solutions. I have a great idea for you as you start doing that.

Remember, it takes 20 to 30 times to try a food before you will actually acquire a taste for it. I know what you are thinking: You like the food you like. Well, here is a list of reasons why trying new foods is a good idea.

1.  Variety is the spice of life and is healthy for you, too.

By choosing a variety of different foods with different colors and from different food groups, you will have a well-balanced and nutrient-dense diet. Long story short, you will be healthier.  So go out there and try some Brussels sprouts, rutabaga or different foods from around the world.

2.  Be Adventurous

Life is too short to only have apples and peanut butter and jelly. I always tell my husband to stop being a wuss. This works for him, but sometimes it takes some coercing. When we met, he never really was a fan of salmon, asparagus, eggplant or chick peas. Now, he actually likes salmon and asparagus. And he has tried eggplant and chick peas. I try preparing them in different ways to help him keep an open mind.

3.  Be a good example for your family and friends

If you don’t want to try new foods for yourself then do it to be a good example for your family and friends. Your children will be less picky eaters if you learn how to eat and try new foods together.

4.  Why not?

Why not try new foods? What do you have to lose? Even the most adventurous of food eaters make the effort to try new things. You can mix it up by trying a new recipe or new combinations of food. Instead of asking “why”, think “why not”.

Food is fun, tastes good and is definitely part of our social lives, so mixing it up and trying new things can be a great adventure as you embark on a healthier you.

Photo Credit:  l e o j

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  1. New Year can be a very good reason for everyone who wants to start a healthy lifestyle. For those who want to lose weight is very important to find a healthy weight loss program that really works. My best friend had very good results with a diet program from TIPSTODIET. She lost 40 lbs and still maintain this weight. Good luck to everyone! 

  2. I love how you said that your children will be less picky if you try new foods together because kids learn mostly by watching people. If they see you trying new foods, they’ll want to do it themselves! I’m definitely going to make this a thing in my household. I bet my husband will like the idea because he’s a food fanatic.

  3. That’s a good point that having a variety of food would make it a lot more interesting. I get a little bit bored of eating similar things over and over again, so adding some new flavors in there would be cool. I should consider trying new things whenever I go to a restaurant so I can expose my self to new tastes.

  4. Thank you for telling me that trying different cuisines can let me have the well-balanced and nutrient-dense diet I am aiming for. I’ve always been afraid to try new meals since I think they’re a gamble and a waste of money, but now I really want to try different dishes from a lot of countries. This weekend, I’ll try visiting the nearby restaurant that serves Haitian food and see if it suits my taste.

  5. I like your suggestion to remind ourselves that we have nothing to lose when trying new foods. I used to like eating new foods but have found myself choosing the same few things over and over for the last few years. Maybe I’ll look for a local restaurant with Nigerian fusion cuisine since I’ve never tried food from that culture!

    1. Understandable, Rebecca. There is comfort in familiarity, but have you ever tried a new food that almost immediately put a smile on your face? Trying new foods and flavor combinations can make that magic happen for you again. Let us know if you find a new favorite recipe or dish from that Nigerian restaurant you plan to visit!! – Candice

  6. It stood out to me when you said that eating a variety of foods will lead to a healthier, more balanced diet. I’ve found myself cooking the same three or four things over and over again ever since quarantine started about six months ago. I’ll have to have some greek food delivered for my family soon since that has a lot of unique and tasty elements!

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