We hear it all of the time, people say that they want to eat a balanced diet but they're confused about how. With all of the conflicting messages about nutrition, it is no wonder that people aren't sure how to bring balance to their plates.
Luckily, it is actually very easy to eat a balance diet, and there's an simple way to know if you're on track. Color!
Beautiful, colorful, radiant plants get their color from their phtyonutrients. My favorite example is sweet potatoes. They get their brilliant and bright orange-ish color from the phtyonutrient and anti-oxidant beta-carotene/vitamin A (great skin, healthy heart, and immune support). That healthy looking kale that you love gets its green vibrancy from chlorophyll, which is full of vitamins and minerals. Black beans and other black and purple foods get their color from a potent antioxidant called anthocyanin. The plant world is full of color!
Obviously you could just eat jelly beans or M&Ms and say you're eating your colors. However, the key is to get those colorful foods from whole food plant-based sources. That means minimally- or unprocessed vegetables, whole grains, fruits, seeds, nuts, spices, mushrooms, and herbs. By eating the rainbow you'll not only be getting plenty of antioxidants; you'll also be consuming plenty of fiber, protein, calories, minerals, and healthy fats (shoutout to green avocado).
Make every meal colorful and pretty. Be sure you've always got some green, some orange/red, and some brown/black/purple in your bowl. Make sure you've got plenty of texture, flavor, and variety. And don't forget to sprinkle some love over it too ;)
Try this classic Buddha bowl for some instant color gratification.
Classic Buddha Bowl
This recipe originally appeared on Jenné's blog, Sweet Potato Soul.
Jenné & Isabelle
We're both passionate vegan foodies with backgrounds in nutrition. We decided to bridge our skills to create Buddhalicious; a program that guides members to find balance, excitement, and flavor on their plates, and in their lives.