The Beautiful Thing about good, balanced nutrition is this: everything fits together in such a perfect way that just focusing on eating (early, often, balanced, and lean) will give you a blessing of nutrients. You don’t have to analyze your intake continually to be sure you’ve had your zinc today.
What you are responsible for doing is to choose healthy foods with a sense of balance and variety—the cornerstones of good nutrition.
Your health doesn’t depend on a single food or a single meal. No one food is perfect; no one food contains all the nutrients you need.
A healthy variety occurs when you make good food choices over a period of time.
Be sure to provide whole grain, low-fat meals that are full of a variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. The bright coloring is a sign of the nutritional content of a vegetable or fruit; generally the more vivid the coloring, the more essential nutrients it holds. That deep orange or red coloring in carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupes, peaches, and strawberries signals their vitamin A content. Dark green leafy vegetables such as turnip or mustard greens, spinach, romaine lettuce, brussels sprouts, and broccoli are loaded with vitamin A as well as folic acid. Vitamin C is found in more than just citrus; it is also power-packed into strawberries, cantaloupes, tomatoes, green peppers, and broccoli. Remember: you may not be able to tell a book by its cover, but you can tell the power of a fruit or veggie by its color!
Are you still saying yuck to the same veggies you didn’t like when you were young? Open your mind, your taste buds, your likes and dislikes, your schedule, and your menu to these storehouses of nutritional power—they are worth it.