Having variety in your diet can give you some different tastes, nutrition, and even help with losing weight. A lot of us get stuck using the same types of foods. Here are some items that you may want to consider in your diet to mix things up:
Coconut Oil – This oil sort of breaks the rules in terms of fat. We have been told to limit saturated fats for fear of raising cholesterol level among other possible negative health effects. Coconut oil actually can lower cholesterol and has health benefits. It can be used as a butter substitute in baking recipes; I actually prefer it to butter in taste. Coconut Oil can also be used for stir fry dishes as a cooking oil to add some variety to your other cooking oils.
Flaxseed – This little seed when ground up can be used as an egg substitute in some recipes and is also great to add in cereals, breads, and even smoothies for a nutty flavor. Flax is good source of healthy fat and also can promote digestive health.
Quinoa – This grain has a higher protein value than other grains and is very versatile. It can be used a breakfast meal when cooked and mixed with berries, nuts, and honey. Its mellow flavor makes it a great grain to use in salads, side dishes, and more. Try using quinoa once a week in place of wheat-based pastas to mix up your grain profile.
Kasha (roasted buckwheat) – Another grain that has a great nutritional profile, kasha has a hearty taste that compliments many meals. In some dishes it can be used where brown rice works well. Buckwheat makes a great pilaf dish that provides a little different flavor than rice with similar texture. Buckwheat also makes a great breakfast cereal when topped with maple syrup. Check out this buckwheat recipe.
Having variety in the foods we eat can bring some needed change in our diets. Many people rely heavily on wheat products like cereal, bread, and pasta to get grains and carbohydrates in the diet. Having some variety in that area can be beneficial. Also mixing up the fat profile and protein profile with other foods can give nutrients from a variety of sources giving us a more dynamic nutritional profile.