Feeling overwhelmed thinking you have to find new foods to eat? Achieving diversity in the diet is much easier than it sounds. It can be as simple as switching the variety of apple of onion that you typically eat. Below are examples of ways to get creative with everyday foods from the grocery store.
Beans: Black, Kidney, White/Navy Chickpeas, Black-Eyed Peas, Great Northern
Spices: Cilantro, Flat Leaf Parsley, Basil, Turmeric, Cloves, Cinnamon
Apples: Granny Smith, Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Red Delicious, Cortland
Cruciferous: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Bok Choy, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Radish
Potatoes: Russett, Red, Blue, Sweet, Idaho
Berries: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries
Rice: Jasmine, Brown, Black, Basmati, Red Cargo
Onions: Red, Yellow, Vidalia/Sweet, Leeks, Shallots
Teas: Black Giner Green, Oolong, Chamomile
Pro Tip: Both spices and teas count as plant foods that add diversity!
Grains: Farro, Barley, Oats, Quinoa
Picking a new variety of common foods counts as one more food you have included!
There is emerging evidence that eating a variety of different plant based foods has as much or more of an impact on health as the amount of servings. Using the ideas outlined in this blog post, challenge yourself to eat 50 different kinds of plant based foods this week.