By Catherine Mason, Wellness Coach
When working with new clients, I’m often asked for ways to healthy diet ideas that are appetizing. My answer is, “keep it simple, flavorful and colorful.” By that I mean make sure you always have a few simple, healthy and colorful ingredients on-hand so they can easily be added to at least one component of every meal. Let’s talk about that in more detail.
Healthy Diet Ideas that Are Colorful and Tasty
The rule with fruits and vegetables is to eat a wide variety of colors and types. Incorporate more dark, leafy greens such as kale or spinach into salads. Add some reds, yellows and oranges to your meals too – tomatoes, beets, squash, yams, bell peppers, mangoes, papayas and carrots are all examples of colorful and healthy food choices.
I have a personal rule: I don’t eat foods I don’t enjoy. And for me, as for most people, flavor is an important element of food enjoyment. Play with flavors, and add them into meals in new and sometimes unconventional ways. For instance, I started adding chunks of fresh mango and cilantro to salads a few years ago, and was pleasantly surprised with the boost in both flavor and enjoyment that resulted. Find a few flavors that you really enjoy and add them to the foods you prepare to put a new and healthier twist on your diet.
- Next time you go to the produce department of your favorite grocery store, close your eyes. Open them and ask yourself which of the items are most colorful? Then, purchase one or two of those items to add to your diet.
- Use jars of organic baby food as a way to add color and flavor to your meals. For example, add a jar or two of carrots or sweet potatoes to your next batch of marinara sauce.
- Keep some of your favorite flavorful herbs on hand and add them to your meals. I like to add flavors such as cilantro, arugula, ginger and garlic to everything from salads to sauces, and even tea. Fresh, organic herbs grown at home or from the store are best. Some dried herbs can work in a pinch as well.
- Be sure to keep at least one type of fresh, dark, leafy green in your refrigerator and add it to your meals. Most of them can be added to salads, certainly, but you may also want to try chopping them up and adding them to sauces, meatloaf and even baked goods (in appropriate quantities, of course). Below is just one delicious, healthy, flavorful and colorful recipe to get you started.
mydietribe’s Chocolate Zucchini Kale Muffins
Catherine Mason is a writer, former educator, and someone who has multiple food allergies. As Tribe Leader & Chief Wellness Coach at www.mydietribe.com, she helps people identify, assimilate and maintain sustainable health and wellness practices in their everyday lives, with a focus on physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and financial wellness. Catherine may be contacted at email@example.com, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@mydietribe).
What are some healthy diet ideas that work for you?
Do you consider food color when planning meals? Do you recognize any patterns in the foods you crave?