Happy National Nutrition Month! What could be better than an entire month dedicated to one of my favorite topics (Nutrition , of course!) It is also the month we celebrate St. Patrick’s day, one of my favorite holidays.
This year The American Dietetic Association chose “Eat Right with Color” as the theme for National Nutrition Month and I could not be more thrilled. After all, what could be more straightforward than that simple message? “Eat Right with Color” emphasizes the fact that we should all be eating a wide variety of foods, a message that actually has a purpose (and I am not talking about green Shamrock shakes). Eating an assortement of foods and colors will ensure that we are getting all of the nutrients we need for growth and development, disease prevention and health promotion. It also makes the meal look appetizing, adds flavors, texture and health benefits that are far too important to avoid. So I challenge you to get started today.
Look at all of the color varieties that we have available to us and try to choose at least three colors at every meal & snack.
Red– watermelon, tomatoes, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, beets, kidney beans
Green– pears, avocado, broccoli, green peas, green beans, spinach, lettuce, grapes, kiwi, lime
White- cauliflower, onions, beans, mushrooms, chicken breast, egg whites, milk, yogurt, cheese, white fish, potatoes, tuna
Yellow– peppers, squash, corn, zucchini, lemons, pineapple, yellow apples
Blue/Purple– eggplant, cabbage, grapes, plums, figs, prunes, blueberries, blackberries, raisins,
Orange– oranges, peaches, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, salmon, peaches
Brown– whole grain breads, nuts, seeds, quinoa, whole grain rice, buckwheat, barley
With so many to choose from eating at least 3 different colors at each meal should be a breeze. Let me know how you’re doing! Share your favorite colorful meal with me.