A realistic health adjustment this year could be to improve your colorful food intake. Adding vibrant color to your plate can increase your nutrient intake and decrease calories without much thought. Attempt to make half your plate colorful fruits and vegetables to boost your metabolism and fiber intake. Here are some colorful produce options on sale at our local grocers this week!
Grapefruit: Serve fresh or in a smoothie, yogurt parfait or citrus salad.
Berries: Enjoy fresh or atop yogurt, waffles, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal or ice cream.
Tangelos: Enjoy fresh or in a smoothie. As a citrus vinegarette or in a salad. Endless possibilities!
Cluster Tomatoes: Add to tacos, fajita, soups and stews. Consider serving with eggs, sandwiches or pasta dishes.
Cucumbers: Incorporate into sandwiches, flavored waters, salads, wraps and soups.
Avocados: Top tacos, burritos or toast. Add to smoothies, burritos, eggs, sandwiches and even brownies.
Pineapple: Cut and enjoy fresh, grille, add to skewers for a teriyaki flare. Top pizza, steak or chicken for a sweet and tangy zing.
Bell Peppers: Slice and enjoy them with a favorite dip, grill or sauce. Chop and add to soups or chilis. Even add them to omelets, sandwiches or veggie trays.
Remember a good rule of thumb for produce intake is to vary your veggies and aim for whole fruits. These simple suggestions can make drastic improvements on your long term health and wellbeing.