Color and Diet: Choosing Health by Hues

Sticking to a healthy diet is important. A well balanced menu means staying at a maintainable weight, providing the body with essential nutrients, and feeling your best overall. The idea is simple; the application is not so simple. It can be difficult to stick to a healthy diet, especially when there are so many unhealthy options staring us in the face.

Fortunately, making sure your plate is healthy can be a lot easier than you think. All you really need to do is look for a little color. A healthy plate is a colorful plate, with bold colors taking the place of boring browns and beige. Take a look at these simple color additions to add to your plate, all of which can give your diet a healthy boost.

Grab Some Green

Everyone already knows that green is a color that absolutely needs to be in your diet. But, how can you do it? It’s easy. Add some green beans, green peas, or asparagus. Make a salad with some leafy lettuce, baby spinach, or kale. Broccoli or avocado are also excellent additions. Greens are generally lower calorie, bring plenty of vitamins (C, E, and K), and serve your digestive tract well. Even if this is your only color addition, you’ll be doing your body good with some healthy greens.

Go Bold With Orange

Next to green, orange is the most often found color on a regular plate. Orange foods bring the very important nutrient Vitamin A. This vitamin boosts bone health, protects the eyes, and is found in high concentrations in orange fruits and veggies. Depending on your food choice, you may also get a healthy dose of potassium, Vitamin C, and other nutrients. To add some orange, pick carrots, sweet potatoes, orange bell peppers, pumpkin, or some dessert type fruit such as oranges, papayas, or melons.

Add a Little Red or Purple

Red foods will be super easy. Add some tomato or red bell pepper for a blast of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and potassium. Purple foods are a bit more difficult, but the healthy benefits are worth it. Try adding eggplant to your diet, which can bring potassium and Vitamin B-6 to your body. You can also opt for purple onion, a sweeter onion that offers natural antibodies and antifungals. With some deep, royal colors, your meal will be both aesthetically pleasing and healthy to boot.

Color can make a big difference in your diet. If every meal you eat is beige, you’re probably not getting all of the nutrients that you need. Make your plate beautiful and exciting (and super healthy!) by adding these pops of color to every meal.

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