Adding foods such as colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds to your diet is an easy way to ensure that you are eating a nutrient-dense variety of foods, nutrition experts say.
Chefs are transforming salads from a starter dish to a nutrient-dense entree by using a base of filling grains or legumes, topped with roasted vegetables and a healthy serving of toasted nuts. These types of filling, flavorful salads are replacing typical meat-and-potatoes dishes as more consumers seek out healthful meals that go easy on animal proteins.
Pomace, the mixture of stems, skins and other parts left over after grapes are pressed for their juices, is finding new life beyond the compost pile as researchers examine ways to put the nutrient-dense substance to work. Current applications being explored include roles in food preservation, the production of grapeseed oil and as a gluten-free flour alternative.
Potatoes provide the most nutrition for the cost, according to a study comparing the nutrition value of 98 vegetables. "The ability to identify affordable, nutrient-dense vegetables is important to families focused on stretching their food dollar, as well as government policy makers looking to balance nutrition and economics for food programs," noted the researchers.
Whole Foods Market will host "Foods to Live By: 100 Foods to Eat for Life" -- fairs that highlight more than 100 nutrient-dense foods -- in its mid-Atlantic stores. Stations will be set up in various store departments to showcase foods such as acorn squash, ginger and uncured turkey franks. Free calendars and recipe cards with information about these foods will be given away during the fairs.
Companies such as Kraft Foods and Dean Foods Co. are set to introduce prebiotic- and probiotic-enhanced foods this year, following a trend that started with the launch of Dannon Co.'s Activia yogurt. Foods from yogurt and cheese to cereal and salami are being loaded with probiotic cultures, which are being marketed as digestive aids and gut balancers.