Monday, March 14, 2011

Local Org. Reminds; March is Nutrition Month

Color may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to food – if you’re hungry, you probably focus on what would taste good rather than a rainbow of colors comments Yolanda Morado – County Extension Agent.

But that’s exactly what experts are urging you to do – focus on the colorful fruits and vegetables that can help to keep you healthy.  Those in the know about that colorful habit include the American Dietetic Association, which has decided that the theme for its annual National Nutrition Month in March will, “eat right with color.”

When it comes to that color palette, thing about these things:

•Things that are colored red.  That would include such foods as red apples, beets, red grapes, red peppers, radishes, strawberries and tomatoes.
•Foods that orange or yellow, such as butternut squash, carrots, oranges, peaches, pears, sweet corn and pumpkin.
•Green fruits and vegetables, including such foods as artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, honeydew melon, limes, spinach and zucchini.
•Blue and purple foods, like blackberries, blueberries, plums, prunes and raisins.
•And white foods, like bananas, garlic, mushrooms, onions and potatoes.

Our mothers use to tell us way back when: eat your fruits & vegetables.  Turns out they were right about that too—

Remember that March is Nutrition Month so focus on eating more nutritious and make it habit to eat at least “5” fruits and vegetables a day.

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