I'm talking about eating colorful items. The more colorful your meal, the generally more healthy it is. However, artificially colored weird things like cheez-its and red hots don't count. Nope...I'm talking naturally colored things.
I really like the new food "pyramid" - now called the Food Plate with the refresh in 2011:
I think it does a really good job of showing proportionally what you should eat, but also that there should be COLORS on your plate.
Since starting on my fit-venture, I've really been making an effort to eat more and more veggies. I've been 'hiding' extra veggies in things for a while a la Deceptively Delicious style..(thanks Jessica Seinfeld!), but no, lately I've been really focusing on eating more veggies.
Don't get me wrong...I still hide veggies...but I want to eat more veggies too. It works out well for teaching Baby G good eating habits - eat your regular veggies with your meal and the hidden ones are a bonus (oh and by the way, yes it's normal for your grilled cheese to have butternut squash hidden in it..I promise...).
So I'm always on the look out for how I can add veggies to my meals. The hubs isn't a big veggie fan...So when he sees this on the cutting board...he runs:
So, if you want to be healthier, eat your color.
Red: Strawberries, Red bell peppers
Orange: Carrots (hence the photo), Orange bell peppers, peaches, cauliflower
Yellow - Yellow squash (yes the photo), bananas, corn on the cob, wax beans
Green (might be my favorite color in produce land!) - Green beans, okra, summer squash, swiss chard, kale, green apples, kiwis, green grapes, broccoli, artichokes, brussel sprouts
Blue - blue is a hard color in nature, but it exists and is SUPER healthy - blue berries (just recently started liking these by the way!), blue/purple potatoes, blue corn
Purple - Grapes, potatoes, asparagus, okra, cauliflower, eggplant
Here's a great resource I found while trying to find other blue produce:
So, eat more like this (last night's dinner - note 50% veggies and colorful! - I made the food pyramid people proud):
Until next time...