Eating Healthy Means Eating Your Colors

Disclaimer: the next several posts are going to be health related…and recycled. I wrote these recently for an internal office newsletter and thought someone else might find them useful.

Last week I wrote about fueling your body with the right kind of fuel. This week I wanted to provide you all with a guideline on how to introduce healthy choices into your daily meals.

A good rule of thumb is to be sure to have a variety of colors on your plate. Seeing all brown or tan foods on your plate usually means it is all fried or foods that are high in carbs such as gravy, potatoes, and such. Some researchers argue that, while there are some good carbs, that items like those listed above are bad for the body when consumed on a consistent basis. However, even I enjoy some of these “bad” carbs once in a while. There is something to be said for enjoying starchy carbs in moderation.Healthy-Foods

A well balanced meal would include items from several color groups; think a meat and a few vegetables. For our vegan and vegetarian friends- I’m sorry, but you’ll have to research that because I am unfamiliar with those lifestyles. I did think about you all when I wrote this, though!

When shopping for fruits and vegetables look for things in the 5 major color groups :

Green: Leafy greens, lettuce, green pepper, broccoli, green beans, peas, green cabbage, green apples, green grapes, honeydew, asparagus, artichoke, brussels sprouts, celery, okra, zucchini and kiwifruit.

Orange/Yellow: Carrots, yellow apples, apricots, yellow figs, sweet corn, tangerines, pumpkin, pineapple, sweet potatoes, butternut and winter squash, cantaloupe, oranges, lemons, nectarines, peaches, mangoes and papayas.

Red: Tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, tomato juice, red peppers, red onions, red kidney beans, red lentils, red apples, pink grapefruit, red grapes, strawberries, cherries, watermelon, raspberries, pink or red grapefruit and cranberries.

Blue/purple: Eggplant, purple grapes, plums, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, purple figs, dried plums and black currants.
White: Cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, garlic, parsnips, ginger, dates, shallots, turnips, white peaches, white nectarines, white potatoes, bananas and pears

Now, not only will you be eating healthier your meal will be more visually appealing, too!

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