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In America, salt and sugar seem to be the only flavor. However, with the use of spices, you can transport boring cuisine into an atmosphere that allows you to savor new cuisines.

Close your eyes and imagine a buffet of dishes from around the world, full of flavors and colors beyond your wildest dreams. Dishes awaken your senses with their colorful appeal and tantalizing aromas.

What would catch your attention first? Perhaps the thick, juicy cheeseburger stacked with lettuce, tomatoes and onions surrounded by a whole wheat bun or the heavenly smell of chicken marinated in an earthy tomato and cream sauce, a bright red color on rice. Perhaps Thai sticky rice and Hmong sausage cuisine catches your eye with bright purple rice and green mustard vegetables.

You might find the plate of juicy Carne Asada enchiladas, spicy flavor served with a side of frijoles, inviting. Next, a large bowl of fresh guacamole made with avocado mixed with lime, tomatoes, onion and cilantro. Don’t forget the tostadas with refried beans, shredded beef chicken topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado, salsa and queso cotija, a wonderful combination of traditional Mexican flavors.

Maybe you opt for the German Beef Rouladen, a classic and flavorful comfort dish. Beef rolls stuffed with bacon, onions, pickles and mustard. Braised and topped with sauce from cooking sauce.

Consider a thick, creamy macaroni and cheese spiced with Pepper Jack cheese to give it some zest. A big bowl of chili, meat and beans, combined with a rich tomato sauce. A delicate cinnamon roll with raisins, pecans and luscious cream cheese frosting or a dark chocolate fountain pouring rich, indulgent chocolate for dipping your favorite fruits.

What if I told you that you can create the same kind of excitement with your food at home?

Add life to your menu by using new ingredients. You can use sesame seeds and oil for a Chinese touch. Peppers and onion mixed with cumin transport you to Mexico. Add a little saffron and off you go to Spain. A taste of Italy takes oregano and marjoram.

Don’t stop there! Go France with bay leaves and pink peppercorns, while dill and nutmeg can add Greek elegance. Go India with mace and turmeric or add a Caribbean flavor with cinnamon and cloves. Before ending your journey, head to North Africa with ginger root and coriander.

Traditional eating habits can be more than just good versus bad. They are an important source of nutrition. Traditional eaters tend to eat better, consume fewer calories, and absorb more nutrients.

Celebrate a world of flavors by trying new cuisines. It’s easy with a quick search on the internet to find recipes and escape to another place without leaving your kitchen.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. For more information, contact your local dietitian.

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