March is National Nutrition Month "Celebrate a World of Flavors" - some ideas for class!
Every year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors National Nutrition Month in March. This year's theme is "Celebrate a World of Flavors" with a focus on cultural diversity and exploring tastes and dishes from around the globe. You can find a NNM toolkit on the Academy's website with a variety of helpful resources including tips for adding foods, spices, and dishes from other cuisines. I gave a presentation to an undergraduate student organization where I shared a few of the resources, but also did a bit of "traveling through taste". With travel restrictions during the pandemic many people are seeking authentic culinary experiences closer to home by experimenting with new recipes or dining out. As this group of 100 or more students have diverse ethnic backgrounds we asked students to share a recipe representative of their culture - including different regions of the U.S prior to the meeting. We also took a look at different countries and regions and how climate, agriculture, the economy, cultural traditions, and more might impact eating patterns and food choice - and even dietary recommendations. I love photo journalist Peter Menzel's work and his book Hungry Planet - here's a link to some of the images of a week's worth of food from around the world! The National Geographic's "How the World Eats" is also an interesting site to explore and discuss! Here's a link to the slide presentation from that meeting - feel free to use or edit! Best. Jamie