I was ooing and awing at my plate at dinner and thought "I should talk about color food on my next blog post." So here I am with my accompanying colorful plate. (The photo doesn't do it justice.)
When I look at this plate I see: healthy fats, powerful antioxidants, protein, folic acid, iron, vitamins A and C, Calcium... you get the picture.
Summer is the perfect time to get a wonderfully colorful plate! We have access to a wide range of fresh fruits and veggies. When we have a bland plate without color, we are missing out on key nutrients that our body needs. It's a great goal to work on getting a range of fruits and vegetables in different hues over a week. Get creative.
Some ways that I get my color in my meals are:
1- I have it ready in my refrigerator. Cut or prepped for cooking for the week. It is more expensive, but you can also buy a nice bag a veggies all prepped for you if that seems daunting.
2- Set it out on the counter in a bowl each day. When I see the bowl, I know what I want to fit in to my meals. I can work on making it empty throughout the day.
3- Really dress up your sandwiches. Add some avocado, spinach, tomato, peppers.
4- Smoothies! You can get really creative in smoothies.
5- Make your meals simple. I love just have a small main such as fish or chicken and then add my other sides trying to make my plate as colorful as possible.
While we are still in summer, let's take advantage of all that delicious produce.
This is a great chart that gives you the colors and what benefits they give you. Give it a look :) www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/add-color/eat-more-color
Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)