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Is Your Diet a Healthy Color?

By Tom Herrin

In most cases, people probably don't give much thought to the color of their meals.  They more likely just sit down and eat.  For many, those meals may contain pretty much the same foods day in and day out.  A few years ago, it was often thought that if someone had meat, potatoes, gravy, and bread at a lot of their meals, they were eating well.  And it is true to some extent, but if people want to eat as healthy as possible, they may want to add a few things to that.  Adding color may be one of the easiest ways to improve the health benefits of a meal without going to great lengths to do so.

Try Greens Again

For many, they may feel that greens were almost pushed down their throats when they were young.  Many were told to eat them as if they were going to be bad tasting for certain.  It may have been thought of more as a medicine.  It doesn't have to be that way.  Greens may help to increase energy, help detox the body, and improve mood, among other things.  Contrary to what many may believe, there are probably some greens to fit any individual's taste.  A few of the foods in this group are peas, avocado, zucchini, green apples, and green grapes. 

Reds Can Brighten Meals

There is something about the color red that stands out.  Many people suggest wearing red to make a bold impression in a group of people.  When people see red on a plate, it may appear to enhance the dish.  While some people will have a few red foods available, it may be a good idea to increase the number and variety of these foods on a daily basis.  Some of them are thought to lower the risk of some age-related problems with the eyes, cut the risk of diabetes and some heart disease, and improve skin quality.  This list of red foods includes red peppers, raspberries, pomegranate, watermelon, beets, and more.

Make It Easy on Yourself

We are fortunate in that we don't have to be nutrition experts to create healthy meals.  If we have a little bit of a taste for art, we can create meals that look good on paper, literally.  Drawing the meal we want and adding the colors can be a simple way to make it happen.  Once we have drawn and colored it, we just have to make it a reality.  Getting the whole family involved can make it a fun project.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Park, Tex.

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