Sunday, April 28, 2013

Add some color to your plate!

After another 'vacation' from blog posting, I'm back! And just in time, because it is (almost) spring - which can only mean one thing: Summer will be here before we know it! And THAT means flip flops, tank tops, short shorts, and summer dresses - so if you haven't started already, it's time to shed the winter jackets and the winter pounds!

You actually don't have to know a ton about nutrition, calorie content, good vs. bad fats, grams of protein, etc. to eat and be healthy - in some ways it is easier than you think. One good rule I like: The more color, the better!
Sure, it's delicious - but not so nutritional.

It is not a coincidence that food having superior nutritional value for us is far more colorful than those foods that are not. (Just to clarify - I'm not talking about artificial foods  here - we all know that Fanta comes in some bright fun colors, but let's be honest, it's not good for the body).

As such, if you're trying to eat healthier, it can be as simple as adding more color to your plate! For example, skip the brown potatoes and white rice, and instead go for baked beet root or yellow squash!

My favorite super foods are full of color: Seaweed, red and yellow bell peppers, olives, blackberries, sharon fruit, grapefruit, parsley, kale, and cherries!

Delicious, nutritional, and so colorful!

Lots of nutritional  value… Not so much nutritional value…(if any)
(lots of color!) (not so much color…)
  • Bell peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Rice
  • Tomatoes
  • Bread
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Kiwi (peeled)
  • Pasta
  • Oranges
  • Fried foods (e.g. French fries, tempura)
  • Avocados
  • Cheese
  • Corn
  • Popcorn
  • black/blue/raspberries

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