Eat Your Colors: This one simple trick can improve your nutrient consumption Posted on May 15, 2017 by , 0 comments

Carbs, protein, dairy, fruit and veggies, fats and sugars—these are the main food groups in most diets. And whether your are an omnivore, a vegetarian, a vegan, or a pescatarian, there needs to be a balance of nutrients in your diet to support proper nutrition and whole health. So how can you be sure that you are incorporating enough foods with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need to support your health and help support your weight management goals?

Have an eye for color
Or, in other words, if you have just one color scheme on your plate, you’re doing it wrong. Beige, white, or brown foods should be kept in check. These are typically your meats, carbs, starches and some fats. Add fruits and veggies for more color, fiber and nutrients.

Reversely, an entirely green plate isn’t going to give you a balanced meal either. Good, healthy fats are key to healthy weight management. Carbs and protein are just as essential to a healthy diet as vegetables.

Color your plate
According to the Harvard School of Health, each meal should contain a balance of healthy oils, water, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy protein. Ideally, half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables, with the bulk of that being vegetables. The other half should be evenly shared between whole grains and protein. Healthy oils, like canola or olive oil, should be used as dressings or during the cooking process.

And have fun with it—does your salad need a splash of purple? Add some shredded red cabbage. Is your pasta with chicken too beige? Throw in some sautéed spinach and tomatoes for some bright green and red to balance it out. By going for color variety, as opposed to just one color, you will be able to support your nutrition and healthy weight management goals.

What are your favorite colorful foods to add to traditional carb meals, such as pasta, sandwiches or cereal?