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Add Sunshine and Color to Meals for Health

By Tom Herrin

Sunshine is always a great way to brighten the day.  It can make the worst start turn around and seem like a great day.  Something else that can be an easy way to make the day brighter is adding color to meals.  For anyone who has seen a plate full of colors, it can put a smile on their face.  That is not the only thing it can do.  Adding colorful foods can make the meal healthier, in most cases.  For those who don't believe any of this, a simple try may bear it out.  Those colors can make the blandest of meals suddenly appear to be bursting out.  Plain becomes flashy.  All it takes is a minimal effort.

Reds Can Make a Meal Stand Bold

Most people know about the color red.  The old notion of waving something red in front of a bull may not be reality, but red is a color that gets a lot of attention.  Many people are drawn to something red when it appears in a dish.  Some red foods are thought to reduce risks of some heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.  While some of these foods are common, others are something people simply don't think of very often.  A few of these are tomatoes, strawberries, beets, red onions, and cherries.

Green Is Better Than Some Give Credit

Lots of people have had some bad experiences with green foods.  Some of this may be due to the fact that their parents told them to eat these foods as if they were all bad tasting.  They may not have offered enough variety.  Some of the benefits of green foods are believed to be increased energy, detox the body, and help with healing of tissues.  There is really a greater variety in this category than many people are aware.  Some of these include peas, broccoli, avocado, green apples, and green grapes.

Take the Plunge

It is pretty simple to add color.  You may begin by picking some color you want to add and find a food in that group.  There are fruits and vegetables in each, so there are all kinds or options.  It can make a good competition for children.  If they are allowed to take turns making up a colorful menu and involved in selecting the foods to try, they may be more likely to take ownership.  They may be more willing to try new foods.  It is a win for everyone.

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

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