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Just add color to eat more fruits and vegetables

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Just add color to eat more fruits and vegetables

Want to know an easy way to eat healthier? Simply add colorful fruits and vegetables to your plate.

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That’s what a new campaign, launched by the American Heart Association and SUBWAY® restaurants, with support from Hass Avocado Board, is all about. The campaign, called +color, shows you how fruits and veggies add more:

  • color to your food
  • nutrients to your meal
  • health benefits for your body 
  • flavor and fun to your day

What can you get out of this campaign? That depends on you! Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself of delicious food. It’s about adding color. To your meals, to your life, to your friends, to your conversations.

Nine easy ways to add more color to your life

  1. Stay packed. Pack portable, easy-to-eat fruits and veggies in your work or school bag.
  2. Brighten up your side dishes. Add frozen veggies like peas or broccoli to rice or other grains when it’s almost done cooking.
  3. Ask for more. Add extra veggies to salads, soups, and stews.
  4. Try a meatless meal. Tantalize your taste buds with vegetable lasagna, Portobello mushroom “burgers” or grilled veggie kabobs.
  5. Entertain your friends and family. Give your guests or family members colorful, healthy choices with a “build your own” salad bar with homemade dressings. It’s a fun and easy way to entertain guests.
  6. Spice up your sandwich. Fill out a sandwich with fruits and veggies. Try sliced or shredded vegetables like beets, carrots, celery, cucumbers, onions, peppers, radishes, tomatoes and zucchini and/or sliced fruits like apple, avocado and pear. Kids will love it too. Check out how to boost flavor in your child’s lunch.
  7. Make food fast. Stock your freezer and pantry with frozen and canned fruits and vegetables for when you need to throw together a meal in a hurry. Compare food labels and choose items with the lowest amounts of sodium and added sugars.
  8. Add color to your main dishes. Fruits and vegetables can add flavor and fun to family favorites like chickensoups, smoothies and casseroles.
  9. Enjoy all the colors. A fun way to make sure you get enough fruits and vegetables is to eat as many different colors as you can each day, including white. White fruits and vegetables – such as cauliflower, mushroom, onion, potato and parsnip – provide many of the same nutrients as their more colorful cousins.

Check out the new +color website to find more tips and tricks for adding color. How do you add color to make your meals healthier?