Our world is surrounded by color: the blue sky, green grass, white clouds, and red fire trucks. Everywhere you look there is color! Think of your favorite grocery store. What department has the most color? Why, the produce department of course! No matter what time of year, the produce department is filled with vibrant reds, greens, oranges, purples, and yellows.
These vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables are bursting with health benefits. Encourage your family to make half of their plates fruits and vegetables. Adding fruits and vegetables to your plate will give it color and also help make half the plate fruits and vegetables.
Pancakes for breakfast are just brown. Topping the pancakes with strawberries and adding a glass of 100% grape juice will jazz up the color and increase the vitamins and minerals.
Does your family have sandwiches for lunch? If so, add color and nutrients to the sandwich by adding a dark green leafy vegetables, peppers, and tomatoes. Challenge your taste buds and try new combinations. Shredded carrots are delicious on a tuna salad and sliced red grapes add a sweet taste to a chicken salad sandwich.
When serving white meats such as chicken, turkey or pork, try topping the meats with a warm cranberry sauce rather than a gravy. Serve sweet potatoes as a side instead of white potatoes for added color and taste.
So the next time you are planning a family meal, think about what you can do to add color to the plate with fruits and vegetables. It's a simple, yet fun way to make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Goal for this month:
Add a blue or red fruit or vegetable to breakfast.
Add a dark green vegetable for lunch.
Add an orange vegetable for dinner.
Purchase a new colorful fruit or vegetable the next time you go shopping.