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Do More Than Just Brown and White for Meals

By Tom Herrin

At one time, many people thought of the ideal meal as being one that had lots of meat, potatoes, gravy, and bread.  It was often expected to be the evening meal every night as a symbol of some kind of accomplishment.  Those meals may have tasted good, partly because they were something that was expected each day.  Some of those meals did not do a lot for overall health and may have led to colon cancer and diabetes.  In order to make meals healthier, people may simply add more color.  It is easy and a good way to improve them without too much extra effort.

Some Think of Blues as Miracle Foods

For many years, there was not that much emphasis on foods in the blue group.  The fact is that they are really good foods that can support health in a big way.  These blue, or sometimes purple, foods are now found at the breakfast table in many homes.  They are also consumed throughout the day.  Some of them are considered to be high in antioxidants.  They are believed to boost memory and cut the risk of Alzheimer's.  A few of these foods are blueberries, figs, eggplant, purple cabbage, and plums.  There are plenty more.

Yellows Do Their Own Thing

There is something about yellow, or orange, foods that make them a little different.  For many years, some people seemed to use them as a substitute for greens for no good reason.  Many people consider them as American foods.  Some of them are known for helping the eyes, helping the skin, and supporting the joints.  Some of these include carrots, sweet potatoes, lemons, yellow squash, and peaches.

Learn to Enjoy Color

For most people, learning to like eating foods of different colors can take a little time.  It may be something new.  For us, we have found that more colorful meals can offer a broad range of flavors.  They are actually pretty good.  Many of them are foods that we may not have otherwise tried.  It is fun at our house to allow different individuals to choose the colors to have in a given meal, and then follow through by pairing a food with that color.  It can get everyone involved in the process of making meals healthier.  Maybe they will buy in more to the program.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Longmont, Colo.

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