Use Mindfulness to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

Nutrition is  not just about  what you eat. How, when, why and where we are are just as important.  During March,  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)  is highlighting this point with the National Nutrition Month theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right…NNM16CoverImage

..because  healthy eating is also about enjoying food!  We are reminded to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food provides. Here’s a tip for savoring the flavor of eating,

Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes good for you foods that taste great, too.

What does  mindful eating mean? I like this definition from the Center for Mindful Eating:

“Being aware of the nourishment available through the process of food preparation and consumption, choosing enjoyable and nutritious foods, acknowledging food preferences nonjudgmentally, recognizing and honoring physical hunger and satiety cues and using wisdom to guide eating decisions.” 

 Most of us get that it’s living in the moment and being present. But what many don’t get is the important component of nonjudgment.

Decades of dieting have conditioned us to second guess eating decisions, such as judging what you deserve to eat based on what you’ve eaten earlier in the day (or whether you have exercised), rather than on hunger cues. Learning to be a master of mindful eating can improve your eating habits and create a positive relationship with food.The quantity and quality of the foods you eat are important, but only a part of the puzzle for optimal health. Try  to become more aware of the other factors influencing your eating decisions with a mindful or intuitive approach .

TPB Kale and Citrus Salad

This salad highlights the knockout flavor combo of kale and citrus with a honey mustard vinaigrette. Kale and Citrus SaladDisclosure: I received a Produce Box , as mentioned in this post, free of charge. I was not asked to write a review or post a recipe. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.

Are there any flavor combinations you especially savor? March is  National Nutrition Month® , and we’re reminded to  ..


IMHO kale and citrus are the bomb! When I received this box on my doorstep from the Produce BoxIMG_3053I knew a kale and citrus salad was in my future. I recently made this Kale and Citrus Salad, but decided to try out Laura’s recipe (included in with  my local goodies). Here is the result and I ‘m savoring the flavor… Kale and Citrus Salad

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What flavors are you savoring?

TPB Kale and Citrus Salad

by Laura(the Produce Box)

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 bunch kale, stemmed, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 oranges/tangerines/tangelos/grapefruits/etc., peeled and sectioned
  • 1 small red onion, thinnly sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Combine kale, oranges, and onion in large serving bowl.

2. Whisk together vinegar, mustard and honey in a small bowl and slowly whisk in olive oil.

3. Season to taste with salt and pepper and pour over kale salad. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

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