National Nutrition Month

March 21, 2011

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March is National
Nutrition Month
so I figured this week’s nutrition blog would be a great
way to honor it by sharing a little about campaign. The American Diet Association
(ADA) sponsored this year’s educational operation in efforts to increase
informed, healthy decision-making when it comes to food choices.  The theme this year is “Eat Right with
Color.” What exactly does that mean? Well, you should aim to eat something
healthy from each of the different colors each day. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green,
Blue, Purple - there is an abundance of healthy and colorful power foods that
you can eat everyday to make your meal nutritious. Most of these colorful foods
include fresh fruits and vegetables to you avoid eating processed items that
add unnecessary fat and sodium into your diet.

Going through the rainbow you can get nearly all your
vitamins and minerals from each of the colors. Red fruits, such as strawberries,
are a great source of antioxidants and fiber, while juicy tomatoes and red bell
peppers have lycopene and vitamin C respectively. Orange carrots provide
vitamin A, essential for maintaining healthy teeth, bones, and eyes, and sweet
potatoes are a healthy alternative to a starchy white potato. Bananas provide
potassium which can help keep your muscles from cramping before or after a
tough workout. Green is probably the most abundant color you can put on your
plate. When dealing with salads, the darker the green, the more nutritious. Spinach
has more vitamin K, calcium and iron than iceberg lettuce. Blueberries are
stocked with fiber and antioxidants and taste great over yogurt mixed with
other ripe fruits. Purple grapes are a fiber filled snack, while using eggplant
is a healthy and hearty substitute for meat in many vegetarian recipes.

There are many more foods that fall into each color category
but the goal is to try and get as many colors into your meal as possible. This
ensures not only a fresh, delicious meal, but also a healthy one. You can learn
more about National Nutrition Month
and get great tips including recipes every day! Look at Women’s Health
Magazine’s article titled 23 Ways to Eat
for a list of the healthiest, colorful fruits and veggies along
with then their peak buying season is to ensure you are getting the most
nutrition for your buck! Tips also include how to store and cook food items so
before you know it you will be an artist painting with the colors of the
produce isle! Happy cooking and happy National Nutrition Month!

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