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Black and White Meals May Need a Little Help

By Tom Herrin

What seems like only a few years ago, black and white television ruled the day.  No one really knew the difference -- that the rooms or clothes were different colors -- because all of the shows were that way.  Until they experienced color in television, they did not know what they were missing.  Meals can be sort of that same way.  Lots of people tend to get stuck in a rut and eat the same foods day in and day out.  Not only can this be pretty bland, but these meals may also be missing some things that can make them pretty healthy.  One of the easiest ways to make those meals healthier is to simply add color.  

Most People Know Something About Greens

There is probably no one around who wasn't told at one time or another that they need to eat their greens.  As a result, many people had a bad introduction to them.  There are all kinds of greens, and all it takes is a willingness to try something new.  Greens are believed to boost energy, lower the risk of colon cancer, and help tissue to heal as well as a few other things.  Some of the foods in this group include spinach, broccoli, zucchini, kiwi, green grapes, and more.  

Yellows May Do More Than Help the Eyes

Anyone who has ever eaten carrots has been told how good they are for the eyes.  They have a pretty good reputation for that, but yellow, or orange, foods can do more.  They are thought to protect the skin from sun damage, reduce the risk of heart disease, and they have long been consumed as a help against colds.  Some of the foods on this list are sweet potatoes, mangoes, lemons, yellow squash, and cantaloupes just to start off this group.

Be Generous

When we go about adding color to our meals, there is no reason to be sparing.  For the most part, the more colors we have, the healthier our meals will be.  It may be a great opportunity to see just how creative we can be.  We can actually take out the paints and make an artwork of what we would like our meals to look like, then simply follow up by making it happen.  It can be fun to take turns among family members, giving each a turn to paint the meal of their choice.  After that, let them prepare that meal.  Healthy and fun go well together.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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