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Take the Color Challenge -- Dietitians, Too!

By Angela Lemond, RDN, CSP, LD // Mar 11, 2011

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme this year is “Eat Right with Color.” I absolutely love this theme because it crosses over all ages, genders, health levels and socioeconomic levels. It really emphasizes the nutrient-rich approach to healthy eating, which has been my platform from the start. Don't think of food as just a means for weight control.  Food is such a powerful tool in your life toolbox that can help you achieve all your goals in life, not just your health goals. Our minds and bodies work better when we eat lots of colors.

Why colors? Check it out – every color represents a health benefit in your food! Produce for Better Health Foundation really does a wonderful job at listing out each color and the health benefit associated with that color. And then they list all the produce under that color for ideas! I don’t know about you, but this really drives home the reason in my mind why our bodies we need food variety. Even if we think we eat a lot of healthy foods, they may be the same foods day after day. Change it up, go to your local farmers markets, or spend more time in the produce section and browse the selections. Make a point of choosing new produce for your family to enjoy.

We are into day 11 of National Nutrition Month and this is a perfect time to issue you a challenge. Why?  Because Registered Dietitian Day was on March 9th and we celebrate our profession for all the efforts put forward to keep consumers healthy. There are dozens and dozens of blogs that are written by dietitians that are currently blogging about National Nutrition Month. That means there is a lot of evidence-based, practical ways on how to get more colors in your family’s diet.

So here’s my challenge to you: Between NOW and March 31st make it a goal to get at least 3 different colors on your meal plates. Try to make at least 2 of those colors to be of produce. You can count the other color as a lean meat or a low-fat dairy or even some type of whole grain because those are important complements to the perfect plate. Post your colorful plates on the Mommy Dietitian Facebook page and anyone that does, will be given a chance to win a mystery prize at the end of the month! I'll grab everyone's name again and put them through randomizer.org.  Hmmm…what could it be?  And dietitians, don't think you are exempt from my challenge.  My family and I will be taking the challenge on and I'd love to see your colorful plates on the Mommy Dietitian Facebook page as well!  Feel free to include recipes. :)

In honor of the recent Registered Dietitian Day, here are my favorite dietitian-associated websites that will provide great ideas on coloring your plates and learning more about nutrition:

American Dietetic Association

EatRight Kids

Professional Nutrition Therapists Blog

Robinsbite

Jennifer Neily Newsletter

Wellness News at Weighing Success

SuperKids Nutrition

Raise Healthy Eaters

Just the Right Byte

Meal Makeover Moms

Healthcastle Nutrition

Nutrition Unplugged

Two great sites that have a dietitian blog directory!

Dietitians Online

Nutrition Blog Network

I know I am missing more great of my great colleagues blogs, so if you are an RD, feel free to leave your blog in the comment section or post it on the Mommy Dietitian Facebook page.

For my family, one of our favorite multicolor easy meals is good ‘ole fajitas. We live in the heart of Texas where Tex-Mex is plentiful. This recipe is controlled on calories and explosive on nutrients and flavor.

You can get traditional fajitas very colorful by adding your

favorite sauteed veggies and topping with fresh corn salsa.

Colorful, Very Veggie Fajitas

1 lb of your favorite protein (lean beef, buffalo, fish, pork, soy or chicken)

½ each of yellow, red, green bell pepper, cut into long slices

1 small purple onion

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1 T canola or olive oil

Directions and suggestions: Heat oil in a sauté pan. Add all the vegetables and sauté until soft. Add protein choice and cook until done, about 10 minutes. Wrap fajitas in whole wheat tortillas along with ripe tomatoes, spinach leaves topped with your favorite corn salsa and low-fat shredded cheese. Serve with some black or refried beans with dallop of low-fat sour cream.  Serves 4.

Spring time is coming and it’s a perfect time to get nutrition maximized – Happy National Nutrition Month, Everyone.  I will be featuring colorful plates all month long.   Next week, we'll start with breakfast ideas.  Let me hear from you that you are taking the challenge!


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HealthCastleGlo // Friday Mar 11, 2011

Thank you for including HealthCastle.com in your post :-)

Janet Helm // Friday Mar 11, 2011

You'll find lots of different RD posts about National Nutrition Month on my blog Nutrition Unplugged. I hosted a blog carnival on RD Day. Lots of great advice from nutrition professionals.

http://nutritionunplugged.com/2011/03/helping-america-eat-right/

Angela Lemond, RD, CSP, LD // Friday Mar 11, 2011

Great post, Janet! And yes, many more great RD links there. I'm just sorry I missed the carnival!

And Gloria, keep up the great work at Healthcastle. What a fabulous resource for consumers.

Angela Lemond, RD, CSP, LD // Friday Mar 11, 2011

By the way, Janet, I just added your blog to the list. Another one my readers must check out!

Dr. Sandra Frank // Friday Mar 11, 2011

Great Post and a fun challenge.I'll gather my new extended family and read your post to them so they can enter the challenge. We have 2 new housemates, both with special needs (I feel like I'm running a bed and breakfast inn for special need young adults). They are terrific and great companions for Jake. One has autism and the other had a stroke. I'm teaching them how to shop, cook, clean-up and label foods. This challenge is perfect, since they started a competition on who cooks better.

I'm having fun and it's nice to have the house filled with laughter.

Hope you are doing well.

Sandra

Jill Castle MS RD // Friday Mar 11, 2011

Thank You for including Just The Right Byte, Angela! You're one of my favorites too--
Here's to blogging up reliable and credible nutrition information!
Jill Castle, MS, RD, LDN

Jennifer Neily, MS, RD, CSSD, LD // Friday Mar 11, 2011

Angela - you do an amazing job! Thanks for including me :-)

Alex @ delicious-knowledge.com // Friday Mar 11, 2011

Love your blog! I am challenging my office staff to a "Eat the Rainbow" challenge.
Keep up the great work! Alex Caspero, RD
www.delicious-knowledge.com

Maryann Jacobsen // Friday Mar 11, 2011

Thanks Angela! This is a great idea. I love a challenge. Going to the Farmers Market tomorrow...

Angela Lemond, RD, CSP, LD // Sunday Mar 13, 2011

Alex, I just became a fan of your Facebook page. Your recipes look great on your blog. Thanks to everyone for your support and participation! Sandra, keep me posted on how the challenge goes in your home. What a great thing you are doing for the special needs community!

Liz - Meal Makeover Mom // Monday Mar 14, 2011

Thanks for including The Meal Makeover Moms in your post. This morning alone, my boys ate a small plate filled with sliced strawberries, orange sections, and melon. Delish!

Lyn Turton // Sunday Mar 20, 2011

Fun challenge - thanks Angela!
I've added a photo to your Facebook page of a salad I made for lunch!
Lyn
www.caledonianutrition.blogspot.com

Angela Lemond, RD, CSP, LD // Monday Mar 21, 2011

Thanks, Lyn. That salad looks amazing! It looks like I am already following you on Twitter, but now I "liked" your Facebook page. What a great blog you have going...love to see others with emphasis on families and children!

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