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3 Healthy Ways to Brighten Your Meal

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you’re looking at a dinner of all browns and beiges, it’s likely that this meal is not as healthy as it should be. An easy way to determine whether a meal is healthy is the amount of color it contains -- or the lack thereof. Healthy meals tend to have pops of color. If your meals are a bit unappealing to the eye, take a look at these three ways to brighten your meal and increase the healthy content.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers generally come in four colors: Green, red, yellow, and orange. While most of us buy the green bell peppers semi-regularly, many of us skip its colored counterparts. Mixing it up with different colored bell peppers slightly changes the flavor, makes your meal look more appealing, and gives you healthy doses of Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. Plus, it’s a super simple and delicious way to add some color and a blast of health.

Lemon and Lime

There is something about a slice of lemon or lime that makes a meal look healthy and put together. Lemon and lime slices go great in water, on chicken breast or fish, or even sprinkled on tacos. And the juice from these citrus fruits bring some powerful benefits. Lemons and limes have a ton of Vitamin C, and they also help to detoxify the body by aiding the kidneys and liver. Just be sure that you actually extract the juice instead of using these as colorful decoration.


Tomatoes are incredibly versatile, which makes them a great choice for cooking. They’re good in Mexican food, Italian dishes, and in salads and on hamburgers. Some even like them raw or with a touch of salt. They can be used in almost anything. As for healthy benefits, tomatoes contain healthy amounts of Vitamins C and A, potassium, and even a tiny dose of protein. You can’t go wrong by dicing up some tomato and adding that touch of red.

You don’t have to know everything about the science of vegetables in order to make your meal healthy. It's not something that the average person can't pick up or handle. It can be easy! Just use this simple trick of adding color to bring some healthy benefits. You may not only make your meal more appealing and a little healthier, but you might even find some brand new flavors to treat your tastebuds and add to the menu for a lifetime.

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