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Embrace the Rainbow: Celebrating Nutrition Month with Plant Diversity

March is focused on Nutrition. Get some insights on making your nutrition habits more vibrant and diverse.





Written by Suzy Destarac, FitPro Wellbeing Chef



Hello fellow health nuts and foodies! As we step into the vibrant month of nutrition, it’s time to turn our focus to the wonderful world of plant diversity. The key to a healthy and balanced life lies in the variety of foods we consume. So, let’s embark on a journey of positivity and celebrate Nutrition Month by embracing the rainbow of plant-based nutrition.



💡 The Power of Plants

Plants are not just a source of sustenance; they are a powerhouse of nutrients that contribute to our overall well-being. From crunchy greens to juicy berries, each plant brings its unique set of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Incorporating a diverse range of plant-based foods into our diet is like giving our bodies a symphony of nutrients to dance to.

 

🌈 Color Your Plate

Imagine your plate as a canvas waiting to be painted with a spectrum of colors. The more vibrant your plate, the more diverse the nutrients you’ll consume. Aim to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in different hues – red tomatoes, orange carrots, green spinach, blueberries, and more. Each color signifies a different set of phytonutrients, which play a crucial role in promoting health and preventing diseases. I talked more about the importance of diversity here.

 

🧠 Positive Eating Habits

Nutrition is not just about what you eat; it’s also about how you approach food. Cultivate positive eating habits by savoring each bite, appreciating the flavors, and being mindful of your body’s hunger and fullness cues. When you focus on the positive aspects of your meals, you create a healthy relationship with food that goes beyond just the nutritional content.

 




Here are a couple of Plant-Based recipes to try:

 

🌈 Rainbow Salad Bowl-

Ingredients: Mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, shredded carrots, bell peppers, avocado, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.


Instructions: Toss all the ingredients together and enjoy a burst of colors and nutrients in every bite.

 

🫐 Berry Bliss Smoothie-

Ingredients: Mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries), banana, spinach, almond milk, and a tablespoon of chia seeds.


Instructions: Blend all the ingredients until smooth and relish the fruity goodness of this nutrient-packed smoothie.

 

For extra plant nutrients and protein add a scoop of Juice Plus+ Complete powder!

 

As we celebrate Nutrition Month, let’s cultivate a positive mindset towards food and embrace the diverse array of plant-based delights. Remember, a colorful and varied diet not only nourishes your body but also brings joy to your taste buds. So, let’s make every meal a celebration of health and vitality by incorporating the rich tapestry of plant diversity into our lives.

 

🥑 Cheers to a month filled with positivity and nutritional abundance!



 

This article originally appeared on Shine Health Collective's blog on February 27, 2024 written by Suzy Destarac.


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