I wrote this for a quarterly newsletter at work and I decided to share it here as well. Enjoy!
A New Food Perspective for the New Year
By: Tiffany Rivera
Have you ever noticed that it costs just $1 to purchase a cheeseburger at a fast food restaurant or a bag of chips from the gas station? But at the grocery store or farmers market, that same dollar will only get you a head of lettuce or a few apples — hardly enough to get your fill.
The striking price difference can make it tempting to stretch your budget by purchasing larger quantities of unhealthy food. But it is important to be aware that there is a very high cost involved in purchasing cheap food; consuming cheaper foods that are often high in fat and cholesterol (including fried food, salty snacks, and sugary drinks) is one of the main causes for life-threatening diseases like obesity and heart disease.
So for our health’s sake, it is well worth the price to invest in a more nutritious diet. A great way to maximize nutritional value is to buy and eat seasonal produce. Not only is it less expensive when in season, but it also carries the most nutrients and flavor when it is at its peak — now that’s a great deal!
This season, enjoy delicious citrus fruits at their peak, including oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. Extra verdant during these next few months are nutrient-rich green veggies, like broccoli, swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens, and spinach. So for the New Year, be sure to consider health first when making food choices!
I sure will! I’m not the biggest fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I do have some personal goals and dreams up my sleeve. ;). 2011 was a year full of milestones for me. I graduated college. I started my first grown-up job. I even ate all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ for the first time (hence the need to make healthier food choices)!
I look forward to sharing what 2012 at Tiffany’s will be all about! Get excited for more delicious food, fun tips, and maybe even some dancing. What? Dancing? Just you wait and see!
I wish you all a very Happy New Year. Have a safe and fun time with your festivities and I’ll see you in 2012!
Dining at Tiffany’s