Try Something New

September 13, 2011

Try Something New

“When was the last time that you tried something for the first time?”

Recently, I attended a conference and the speaker challenged us with that question.  Because I love to garden and cook, to prepare new recipes and try new food products, and I plant a new perennial, it was easy for me to answer.

Throughout the course of my day in an outpatient clinic, I frequently hear resistance to try something new, whether it is a low fat food, low sodium product, or exercise.  It is a challenge for each of us to step out and try something for the first time.

Early in my career as a registered dietitian (RD), I decided to overcome this roadblock by purchasing or preparing food items for people to try in my nutrition classes.  I had to smile as people would say, “this tastes good” or “my family would enjoy this too.”  I found that if they tasted it, the more likely would prepare the recipe.

Picky Eater

My challenge for each of you is to try a new vegetable, new recipe or a new fruit. Make it a fun family game.  Have I tried recipes that didn’t meet the taste test? Absolutely! I just move on to the next one.

Have picky eaters in your family?

If so, try: www.mealmakeovermoms.com.  Two RDs who are also Moms have developed an outstanding website filled with ideas for picky eaters.  They have podcasts and blogs for you to review … even a cookbook (love this title): No Whine with Dinner.

I have prepared several of their recipes.  They are quick and tasty.  Best of all, the ingredients are in my cupboard or refrigerator, nothing gourmet or unusual.  Some of the low sodium products are available at Hy-Vee and Trader Joe’s.

So … ready to try something new?

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