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Color your diet

Posted Oct 22 2010 12:00am

If you were to think about your daily eats, what color would they be?

Green filled with salad, spinach, broccoli or avocado?

Overflowing with orange sweet potatoes, pumpkin, oranges, carrots, apricot and mango?

Purple?  Blueberries or eggplant anyone?

Red tomatoes, beets, strawberries or cranberries?

White onions, mushrooms and pears?

Yellow bell peppers and corn?

Brown bread, rice or whole grains?

Or is there a lot of beige?  Processed foods lacking natural colors?

It can be easy to fall into the processed foods rut.  Even if you know vegetables are important for your health , it can still be challenging to make sure your diet is full of many colors. 

Did you know only 26% of adults in the US eat 3 or more vegetables a day? source  

The recommendation (based on a 2,000 calorie diet) is 9 servings of fruits/vegetables a day.  Sounds like a lot huh?  Let’s see how this can be done.

Note – I eat 5-6 times a day but smaller meals.  Eating this way keep my energy levels stable and also keeps me from eating and arm and a leg at each meal.  After trial and error I’ve found this works best for my body.

Breakfast: Egg white oatmeal with blueberries and almond butter

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Morning snack: Curry sweet potato round with cottage cheese dipper

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Lunch: Pasta salad with a pear or plum

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Afternoon snack: Spinach and artichoke hummus with bell peppers/cucumbers and a side of grapes or apple

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Dinner: Ruby red mixed veggie hash with crockpot Italian chicken

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Possible evening snack: A piece of dark chocolate, a chocolate peanut cluster or fruit

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Looks like there are a lot of colors throughout the day.  Win!

Tell me, what colors are in your diet?  Are you part of that 26% that eats 3 or more servings of vegetables a day?  Want to be?

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