March is National Nutrition Month and the American Dietetic Association encourages everyone to “Eat Right with Color!” Eating plant foods in an array of vibrant colors packs the biggest nutrition punch. A food’s color signals its unique nutrition claim to fame and the more color on your plate, the more key nutrients for your body.
1. Keep produce at your fingertips.
Place a fruit bowl on your counter and store vegetables at eye level in the refrigerator.
2. Brighten Your Plate.
Fill half your plate with vegetables at each meal. Serve salads, stir fries, or other vegetable-rich fare to reach this goal. Produce makes a great snack too!
3. Explore the produce section and choose something new.
Eating a colorful variety is the key to a healthy diet and will keep your taste buds guessing.
4. All forms count.
Eat fresh, frozen, dried, canned and 100 percent juices to reach your daily produce goal.
5. Make it a meal.
Plan meals where vegetables, nuts or beans take center stage. Chili, grilled chicken salad or baked potatoes topped with broccoli are good places to start.
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