March 24, 2011
Jessica, Registered Dietitian
Hello, my name is Jessica and I am Harmons new registered dietitian! In fact, I’m the first dietitian that Harmons is adding to the team as we continue to expand our commitment to Health and Wellness in our communities. I will be based out of the new Farmington Station Park store in May, but I will share my passion for practical nutrition and healthy lifestyles with all of you through this blog. Please feel free to share your feedback or suggest future topics on our Facebook page!
March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is Eat Right with Color. Does your dinner plate usually include a rainbow of colors, or is it more like a drab arrangement of white and beige? Sugar and refined grains (white and beige) make up 1/3 of the calories most Americans eat each day. Yet the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends increasing our fruit and veggie intake while minimizing sweeteners and processed foods. Adding colorful fruits and veggies to your diet does more than brighten up your meals . . . it provides you with an array of healthy nutrients. Use this color guide to help you get the most from your diet:
Green: Contain powerful antioxidants and may help promote healthy vision and reduce cancer risk.
Fruits: avocado, apples, grapes, kiwi, and honeydew
Vegetables: asparagus, broccoli, green beans, and leafy greens (like spinach)
Orange/Yellow: Promotes healthy vision and immunity, and may reduce the risk of some cancers.
Fruits: apricot, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mango, and peach
Vegetables: carrots, yellow pepper, yellow corn and sweet potatoes
Purple/Blue: Anti-aging benefits and may help with memory and urinary tract health.
Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, plums, and raisins
Vegetables: eggplant, purple cabbage, and purple-fleshed potato
Red: Helps maintain a healthy heart, vision, immunity, and may reduce cancer risk.
Fruits: cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red grapes and watermelon
Vegetables: beets, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, and tomatoes
White/Tan/Brown: May promote heart health and reduce some cancer risks.
Fruits: banana, brown pear, dates and white peaches
Vegetables: cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, turnips, and white-fleshed potato