Sunday, March 20, 2011
March is National Nutrition Month!
Well, let’s get started with color. This year's theme, "Eat Right with Color," provides an easy way to focus on improving eating habits. Adding a splash of colorful seasonal foods provides your body with a rainbow of powerful nutrients! So, just think variety and color and you have a winning combination. One of my favorites is a tropical rainbow fruit salad; oranges, pink grapefruit, mango, papaya, kiwi, bananas, and grapes. Or how about a Greek inspired salad: field greens, tomatoes, red onion, chick peas, black olives and artichoke hearts.
This is also a great time of year to support “local.” On Saturday mornings, I shop at a farmers market near my home; I buy raw milk cheeses, along with fruits and vegetables from growers nearby. The offerings are fresh picked and in season. Just as important, I have the satisfaction of supporting local growers and helping the environment. The increase in farmers markets is helping consumers all over the country discover the flavors of local produce. Along with sales at roadside stands, family farmers sell products through cooperatives and in some chain supermarkets.
As always, bon appétit!