One of the ways to know whether you’re eating healthy is to look at the colors on your plate. Vibrant colors on your plate translate into delicious flavors and important nutrients that help you stay healthy. A great goal for nutritious eating is to include at least four different colors to your plate for your next meal.

Use this handful of bright ideas to get started:


Add mixed berries to yogurt and oatmeal, or toss with lemon juice to create a beautiful fruit salad, rich in antioxidants.

Try mixing raw tomatoes with basil and mozzarella for a refreshing appetizer, or dice to create a fresh salsa. Prefer cooked tomatoes? Stir-fry fresh tomatoes in olive oil, or add them to an omelet.


Darker leafy green vegetables, like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard, contain more nutrients and can be mixed into your favorite soup recipe.

Broccoli serves as a great addition to Asian cuisine. Add to a stir-fry, or simply toss in low-sodium soy sauce as a side dish.


Use sweet potatoes or yams as a substitute in your favorite white potato recipe. Try mashed, twice-baked, or diced in a hearty soup.

Grate a few carrots and toss with whole-wheat pasta for added color and texture.

Pick up cantaloupes when they are in season. Cut into chunks and freeze to use for the remainder of the year in your smoothies.


Try “Meatless Mondays,” and swap your go-to meat for baked eggplant.

Mix figs into your hot breakfast cereal or eat alone to cure your sweet tooth.