This basics series offers simple nutrition education to help you eat healthier and make better food choices.
To start off this nutrition basics series, I am going to do an overview of what a nutrient actually is. Although to some it may seem elementary, I will be building upon these concepts and explaining these terms more in detail and thought it would be good to just start off with some definitions.
When I use the term nutrients, I am referring to macronutrients and micronutrients
This toasted sesame ginger dressing is one of my favorites! I think it was the second homemade dressing I ever made. I was playing with ingredients one night, knowing I wanted a sesame ginger type dressing to go with a Chinese chicken salad.
I love the flavor of toasted sesame oil. It has such a rich deep flavor. And I knew I wanted ginger and soy sauce as well.
Juice comes from fruit, so it should be healthy. But juice ends up being a concentrated source of sugar. Although it is all-natural and not added sugar, it can still be a lot of sugar and simply is not needed in a real food diet. Juice should be a once-in-a-while treat, not an everyday beverage.
100% real fruit juice, like orange juice, has ~ 21 grams of sugar per cup, that equals just over 5 teaspoons of sugar. A suggested serving of juice for kids 6 and under is 1/2 cup per day, which is still over 2.5 teaspoons of sugar.
Teaching kids nutrition is not easy. It is important to make it fun and not seem like a lecture. To help teach kids why eating a whole piece of fruit is healthier than drinking juice, consider this juicing activity.
This is one of my favorite homemade salad dressings (do I say that every time?) I love cilantro and lime together and I am always trying to find new ways to use that combination. This dressing not only has the great flavors of cilantro and lime, it also has a nice kick with addition of cayenne and cumin. If you don't like spicy things, don't worry. This is not too spicy.
This is actually a creamy, kicked-up version of my 7 ingredient cilantro lime vinaigrette. By just adding 3 ingredients to that dressing, you will get this wonderful creamy dressing that gives a whole new dimension to a taco salad.