A balanced diet should include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy. Varying the color and types of foods in your diet will ensure that you are getting all of the nutrients that you need to stay healthy.
Add Colorful Fruits and Vegetables
An easy way to add color to your diet is to include a variety of fruits and vegetables. Produce tastes best and has the most nutrients when it is in season, and most of these foods are low-calorie, low-fat, and low-sodium.
If you are ready to brighten your next meal, then here are some quick tips.
- Add broccoli, spinach, or green peppers to pizza.
- Add sliced apple to a salad.
- Bake your own sweet potato fries.
- Use yellow pepper instead of green pepper in recipes.
- Add blueberries to cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt.
- Add strawberries to cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt.
- Add red peppers and tomatoes to an omelet or scrambled eggs.
- Add banana slices to a peanut butter sandwich.
- Try mashed parsnips and/or turnips instead of mashed potatoes.
Finding Fresh Foods
Some sources for fresh, colorful foods include:
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs allow you to eat in color and in season. Some farms offer quarter-share or half-share options, fruit shares, and eggs. You can find a participating farm near you on the Local Harvest website.
- Buy goods at a farmer’s market. Some farms participate in winter markets so you can buy fresh local produce all year.
- Start a home garden. It is economical and a great way to get kids involved.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
- Review Date: 05/2017 -
- Update Date: 05/29/2015 -