Check Your Health: Season with Color

Check Your Health: Season with Color (File photo: MGN Online)

(KUTV) As we approach summer time everything is in bloom – it is a beautiful season of color! What a better time to season your plate with color by eating a variety of fruits and veggies.

Michelle Francis, a Registered Dietitian with Utah Valley Sports Medicine stopped by to help you incorporate healthier foods.

Why should we season our plates with color?

There are properties found in each of the different colors that help protect the body against disease – they are called antioxidants and phytochemicals. For example, tomato based products such as tomato paste and tomato soup contain lycopene which may help reduce the risk of prostate, breast, and skin cancer. Fruits and veggies are low in calories and high in fiber which will help you to feel full while not overeating. They make a great substitute for less healthy foods we may be tempted to eat. Fruits can also satisfy that sweet tooth. Both fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals to provide us with energy we need.

How should I season my plate with color?

We recommend filling half your plate with fruits and veggies. Focus on getting a variety of colors to take advantage of the benefits of each different color. Be creative and try something new! Go to the grocery store, buy a fruit or veggie you have not tried before. Use an online recipe – it is a great way to learn how to cook unfamiliar foods. Grow your own fruits/veggies at home. Many fruits and veggies will grow well even on the balcony or front porch of your apartment or home.

Season with color!

The possibilities are endless and the health benefits are great! Season half your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and veggies.