Color Me Healthy
March is National Nutrition Month. Personally I think every month should be about nutrition, but I’ll take this opportunity to share my thoughts. As a trainer, I make many observations about the lifestyles that people choose and how it affects their health. I see many people trying to make healthier choices, but they are so inundated with so many conflicting messages on TV, in the magazines, and in the stores, that they really don’t know what’s healthy and what’s not. They walk down the grocery store aisles and pick out foods that say “all natural” or “light” or “fat free” or any other “health” claim to make the consumer think they are making a healthy choice. What people are forgetting is that to be healthy, you must start with nutrition.
Healthy eating doesn’t happen over night. It is small changes that you make a little at a time that will make the difference. One small change eventually becomes a habit. Then, another small change becomes a habit. Eventually, all those little changes become a complete lifestyle change.
Here’s a small change you can make today to make your life healthier- make every plate colorful. The best way to do this is through fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of colors gives your body a wide range of nutrients, such as vitamins, potassium, folate, and fiber.
Here’s a few ways to add color to your day:
- Top cereal or oatmeal with berries-strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and blackberries can make breakfast very colorful
- Add carrots, grapes, tomatoes, or mandarin oranges to a salad
- Top your pizza with broccoli, spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini
- Add carrots, red bell pepper, and broccoli to your stir fry
- Add pineapple, apple, cucumbers, and tomatoes to sandwiches.
- Stuff an omelet with broccoli, squash, carrots, peppers, and tomatoes
- Top a baked potato with black beans and salsa
- Puree berries, apples, peaches, or pears for a thick sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry.
- Add chopped apple, nuts, and cinnamon to brown rice
- Grill colorful kabobs with tomatoes, green and red peppers, mushrooms, and onion
There are so many ways to color you healthy. If you have children, they will love it too. Having a colorful plate will keep them interested and make them excited to eat the healthy stuff! Happy eating!