March is National Nutrition Month! What could be better than an entire month dedicated to one of my favorite topics – Nutrition! It’s also the month we celebrate St. Patrick’s day, one of my favorite holidays.
Each year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics chooses a theme for the month. I also use the month as a way to highlight nutrition. This year, I’m focusing on crating a colorful meal plan.
What Do Colorful Foods Have To Offer?
Eating an assortment of foods and colors helps ensure that we get all of the nutrients we need. That means enough for growth and development, disease prevention and health promotion. Colors also make the meal look appetizing, adds flavors, texture and health benefits – all things 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.
Watermelon, tomatoes, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, beets, kidney beans
Pears, avocado, broccoli, green peas, green beans, spinach, lettuce, grapes, kiwi, lime
Cauliflower, onions, beans, mushrooms, chicken breast, egg whites, milk, yogurt, cheese, white fish, potatoes, tuna
Peppers, squash, corn, zucchini, lemons, pineapple, yellow apples
Blue & Purple Foods
Eggplant, cabbage, grapes, plums, figs, prunes, blueberries, blackberries, raisins,
Oranges, peaches, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, salmon, peaches
Whole grain breads, nuts, seeds, quinoa, whole grain rice, buckwheat, barley
With so many to choose from, eating at least 3 different colors per meal should be a breeze. Let me know how you’re doing! Share your favorite colorful meal with me.