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Personalize Your Plate

Personalize your plate

Strategies to use staple produce items in different ways

Healthy eating is not one size fits all.  In fact, customizing meals for cultural and personal preferences is the key to making meals enjoyable and delicious while keeping health in mind.  This year National Nutrition Month’s focus is personalizing your plate.  We checked in with Melanie Marcus Dole’s Registered Dietitian to see how she personalizes nutrition for her family.

“In my house, personalizing meals is a thing.  I’m usually consistent with the types of produce I keep in the fridge, but I have to keep in mind that not everyone likes to eat them the same way!  My favorites are bananas, sweet potatoes, and spinach.  I love to eat spinach in ALL THE WAYS - salad, sautéed, mixed it into eggs or even a smoothie but my husband does not love it cooked, so I have to consider how he can get the nutrition benefits in a way he will enjoy.

Here are a few tips for how you can prepare spinach in a variety of ways with just a couple of additional ingredients.

Spinach Flatbread ingredients

Spinach Pesto ingredients

“I love being able to have a few simple combinations, like these, in my back pocket for each of my staple produce items. It makes my life easy when preparing meals and it ensures everyone is eating getting valuable nutrients from veggies before they’re past their prime! And you can have a similar set of quick fixes for most staple produce ingredients.”

Published March 1, 2021

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