A lot of people make resolutions at the beginning of a new year. They may want to lose weight, exercise more, or spend more time with the family, for example, and add those to their resolutions list. But what about your eating habits? The New Year may be just the time to make some New Year’s food resolutions.
The goal is to enjoy food, but to eat in a way that is not only healthy, but exciting and interesting. There are so many foods to enjoy, and so many ways to enjoy it. Here are some ideas you can put into practice immediately!
Food Resolution #1: Try a New Restaurant or Cuisine
If you go to the same old restaurants all the time, wake up your taste buds and enliven your appetite by visiting a restaurant you’ve never been to before. Include an ethnic cuisine you haven’t tried. You never know when you’ll uncover a taste for an international cuisine inspired by another culture.
Food Resolution #2: Shop at Farmer’s Markets
From spring to fall, our area is plentiful with farmer’s markets offering an abundance of the freshest in-season foods. Stroll through the market and sample various foods, then select several to take home. Often you’ll find vendors selling items other than vegetables and fruit. Sample and choose from home-grown meat and cheese products, baked goods, jams and jellies, sauces, and more. You’ll know where your food is coming from and probably have enjoyable conversations with the growers themselves.
Food Resolution #3: Visit the Farm
There are a number of “pick your own” places throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where you can pick fresh fruits and vegetables yourself. It doesn’t get much fresher than that! Try picking strawberries in the spring and apples in the fall. Agritourism is also a popular way to experience local farms. You can meet Angus beef cattle in person or go trout fishing to catch your own meal, for example. There are usually plenty of activities for kids as well.
Food Resolution #4: Reduce Food Waste
Sadly, Americans throw away approximately $165 billion in food every year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, with dairy products accounting for the largest share. In easier-to-relate-to numbers, that’s about 40% of all the food we buy! More than 80% of Americans may be prematurely tossing out food because they misunderstand the “sell by,” “use by,” and “best before” expiration dates, says the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit environmental action group. Most food is perfectly good even after the noted date. The solution might be to buy less at each shopping trip and try to incorporate what you buy into that week’s meals.
Food Resolution #5: Grow Your Own
If you have a sunny spot in your yard, try your hand at growing your own vegetable or kitchen garden. There’s nothing like a fresh tomato, a pot of green beans or a fragrant herb to spice up any meal. If you only have a patio, use large pots to grow your plants.
Food Resolution #6: Cater a MealIf you’re hosting family, friends or co-workers for a celebration or meeting, the effort of preparing all the food can be daunting. You can enjoy the event much more by hiring a professional caterer like Maison Culinaire to help. You have a number of options available, from simple to fancy, and from inexpensive to over-the-top. Opt for boxed lunches or a delivered meal that you can serve yourselves on the simple end, or hire the caterer to handle the entire event for you—from tents, tables and chairs, to seated French service if you’re going for elegance!
Catering for Every Event with Maison CulinaireCatering isn’t just for big events. Families often hire a caterer for celebrations, and companies often hire a caterer for important client meetings. With Maison Culinaire, you can check off two items on your resolutions list by offering an International Cuisine as well as catering! That’s what we specialize in.
Make food one of your important resolutions this year, and let Maison Culinaire help. Contact us today to review sample menus and talk about catering your next event.