T he start of a new year marks the perfect opportunity to revisit familiar menu routines and jump- start healthy eating patterns. Adding a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains to your plate will not only boost overall nutrition in your diet, but also broaden your culinary horizons. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, emphasizes the importance of trying new foods in broadening diet variety: Dont get too caught up in trying to eat more of any one particular fruit or vegetable than another. Instead, work on expanding your palate by in- corporating some foods you dont rou- tinely eat. Were very fortunate today to have such a variety of affordable fruits and vegetables available year-round, so we should take advantage of that.