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trying new foods- beignetsOne of my passions is traveling. While it does get challenging to mix travel with good food and exercise, I always try my best.  Often I will make good use of the gym located in the hotel. And, when it comes to food, this can also get tricky.  Since I just returned from N’Awlins (New Orleans), it seemed appropriate to write about trying new foods. In this blog we’ll talk about 4 reasons people don’t try and 4 reasons why people should try new foods. They can be exciting!

Before heading away on vacation, I did some research. I asked friends who had been to New Orleans the places that I had to try. I consider myself a foodie and always want to try the local cultural cuisine when at all possible. (Even when there are some foods outside of my comfort zone).

One of the places that I was told I had to go to was Café DuMonde. This café is known for beignets and have been made since 1862.  Beignets are similar to donuts.  And, for the record, this is something that I would normally not eat but while touring on Decatur, we had to stop in for café au lait and beignets.  These little treats are deep-fried and covered in powdered sugar but they had to be tasted.

Some of the other great foods that I tried included: jambalaya, gumbo, muffaletta, and breakfast crepes. N’Awlins is known for banana foster, cherry jubilee, Tabasco sauce originated there, and Po’ Boy sandwiches. It offers a lot of culinary delights!!!   While I didn’t get to try all of the different foods, I did try to experience what I could and enjoyed them all.

Why don’t people try new foods? 

  1. Often this is related to texture issues.
  1. How to cook the new foods is also a reason but with the internet at our fingertips, that should never be a concern. You can GOOGLE any food and find recommendations on how to cook it.
  1. Unfortunately, others influence our decision to avoid certain foods.  Perhaps a spouse doesn’t like something so we just avoid it.
  1. Perhaps we have tried a particular food once and it didn’t like it cooked that way or with certain spices.

One of the things that I always encourage my clients to do is to try new foods. It’s something that I often recommend during the first few sessions.

Why should you try new foods?

  1. Adds a variety of vitamins and minerals to your diet.
  1. It allows your palate to experience new and different flavours (and textures).
  1. It broadens your food spectrum so you aren’t eating the same foods all the time.
  1. And, a little sense of adventure never hurt anyone (although, I never did have the opportunity to be courageous and try ALLIGATOR in N’Awlins, maybe next time!)

So, the next time you are out for dinner and want to try something new, don’t let your friends change your mind. Be brave and go for it. You just never know, you might actually like it!

What is the most adventuresome food you have tried?  Share your experiences with me. I love getting feedback. And feel free to leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature here on the site.

~Be well,

Stephanie

 

 

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