Add More Color to Your Diet

We’ve all heard that we should “eat the rainbow”, and that the more colorful our plate, the better. Recently, my plates have been pretty beige, so I’m looking to add more color to my dinners. Here are some tips for adding color to your diet:

Go to Farmers’ Markets and look for Purples

  • Purple peppers
  • Purple carrots
  • Purple sweet potatoes
  • Purple cauliflower
  • Purple beans

These are actually found in nature, and contain a big dose of vitamins and minerals. You can make the purple sweet potatoes into fries. Season with truffle salt or pink himalayan salt for added flavor. The purple carrots can be used in a stir fry, along with the purple peppers. Use the cauliflower to make a warm purple salad. Cook the cauliflower for 5 to 10 minutes to make it soft, then add olives, breadcrumbs, vinegar, and red onions for more color.

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Get Creative with Greens

Add celery hearts to your Caesar salad. Drizzle the celery hearts with olive oil, then char them on a very hot grill. Make the dressing in a food processor with 1 egg yolk, 1 diced celery stalk, 1 smashed garlic clove, a 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Process while pouring in 2 cups of olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Pour this over the celery hearts and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yum!

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Eat Some Pink Power Snacks

Find some smoked salmon and make a twist on a bagel with lox. Top a Wasa cracker with some cream cheese, smoked salmon, and red onions. The salmon is a great dose of protein and will help you stay fuller longer. Also, look for new fruit cups that have Chia seeds in them. The chia seeds provide extra vitamin C and fiber so you can power through your day.

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Add colorful items to your shopping list and see how creative you can get. This is a fun way to cook healthy!

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Change One Daily Habit, Change Your Life

Daily routines can be good, as I’ve pointed out before. Routines can give you a purpose and create meaning in your life. But what is that one habit that might be holding you back from being your best version of yourself? This is something you might do every day that gives you comfort but isn’t healthy for you in the long run. Maybe you are really good about eating breakfast, but it is not the best choice (like a muffin, bagel, or anything that resembles dessert).

For me, it was taking a nap in the afternoon when I didn’t have to work. Recently, I stopped taking an afternoon nap and I feel like I have more energy. I can get more done, and I also fall asleep easier at night. I’ve started working out instead of taking a nap, and breaking this one habit has helped me lose some pounds and feel healthier. One thing often leads to another to create a lifelong change. Sustaining that change is hard when you want to slip back into those old habits. Work to create healthy habits that make you feel so good that you won’t want to ever go back to the way you were! Take before and after pictures to help you stay motivated. Meditate when stress is getting to you (if you are able) to fight the urge to give in to cravings. Find out what your daily habit is that is holding you back, and figure out how to change it!