Eating Colors – A Healthy Reminder
As children, our parents and caregivers often told us to “eat your vegetables”. Another familiar phrase recited in school is “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Now as adults, we hear certified health professionals and nutritionists give validity to this advice by recommending several servings per day. The message is to include more vegetables and fruits in our daily diet for great health. How can we do this without walking around with a food chart and stressing about what to buy at the market, what to prepare for meals, or what to order while eating out? One way is to use our eyes! The brilliant colors of vegetables and fruits are a helpful guide as to what to eat. Just make sure your meals regularly include every color of the spectrum as insurance of providing your body with the wealth of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and nutrients these whole foods provide.
For example, green is just one color of the spectrum, but it represents a powerful food selection. “It isn’t easy being green” as Kermit the Frog of Sesame Street fame lamented in song, but it is easy eating green. The selection of green food is plentiful and readily available. From a to z , asparagus to zucchini, the list of green vegetables is probably longer than any other color, enough of a variety to appeal to every taste that makes it easy to eat your daily “green”. The versatility in preparing and eating them is an added bonus. Most of them are delicious eaten raw and the same also when cooked.
Enjoy cool crisp salads by adding romaine lettuce, spinach, cucumber, and avocado to your favorite other ingredients. Relish in savory sautéed greens like mustards, collards, kale, cabbage, and turnips. Adding celery, bell pepper, parsley, leeks, and green onions as seasonings when preparing beans, stews, and casseroles is another way of insuring the intake of green. Grilled asparagus and zucchini are great served with grilled salmon or other broiled meats. Steamed broccoli or Brussels sprouts, green beans, lima beans, or peas are easy to serve as the go to vegetables along with the rest of the meal
In addition to the aforementioned vegetables, fruits like kiwi, grapes, green apples, limes, and figs and the herbs and spices basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, and thyme are all delicious choices to include when selecting the “green” for your meals.
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