The Mayans were wrong, Christmas is on deck and we are moving fast into a New Year regardless of the doubters! Even the resolution wary (or weary) are likely to be looking for some positive changes in 2013. Here are some old and new ideas that might tease our customers into actually keeping one of their New Years’ resolutions.
Try suggesting these:Learn to cook with health in mind. Steaming vegetables, roasting (when grilling outside is out of the question), braising and sautéing are all ways to enjoy winter produce, though it’s important to do it with a culinary focus and avoid saturated fats! Demos and classes for all ages are options if the store is staffed, but don’t forget that videos posted on the company website can be just as effective.
- Teach customers there are ways to reduce the sodium without impacting flavor. Food has to taste good and using spices and herbs, vinegars, fruit juices and yes, even wine, can add adventure and flavor without the bad stuff.
- Revisit your pantry with a focus on health and safety. Ask, “How many foods (in the refrigerator as well as the pantry) are long past their “best by” date?” Some of us need to be reminded to check the obvious! How old are your dried herbs? What’s lingering with a date that can signal a food safety risk or a loss of flavor or usefulness?
- Add a goal of trying a new recipe or new food each week. It’s a great way to introduce new-to-you fruits or vegetables, whole grains, a “Meatless Monday” option, or a healthy-twist to an old favorite.
- Aim to make meals a family affair by sharing the adventure of making it. Cost and time continue to be concerns along with nutrition. Re-enforce the idea of family meals, scratch or almost-scratch cooking, and shared responsibility for the planning, shopping and cooking.
And don’t forget the best resources are always available to help: The dietitians and chefs in a supermarket. They know food!