My general dietary goal is to fill my plate with as many (naturally occurring!) colors as possible. Eating the rainbow may sound trite, but it has a lot of merit in my opinion and pushes me to eat more vegetables. Thinking about eating bright colors also pushes me out of any mid-week beige ruts that are so easy to fall into during a busy work week (pasta sounds cozy, toast is easy…)
By eating a plant based diet and focusing on eating whole foods, I’ve been able to skip the extra math and science skills required to read a long and complex food label these days ;) Sticking to the basics of whole foods and mostly plants has made it much easier to maintain a stable weight and feel healthy overall. I don’t get bogged down with counting calories or worrying about how much sugar is hidden in a dish.
Plus, eating this way has been an experience in discovering new vegetables that I didn’t may much attention to before. The watermelon radish in this salad bowl looks like any other root vegetable on first glance. I’m sure I’ve walked past watermelon radishes many times before - not realizing how vibrant they are on the inside. Same goes for the purple potatoes - I’m not sure that I fully appreciated the vibrancy of these underground gems until recently.
Royal purple potatoes like the ones in this salad are high in phytonutrients and potassium and vitamin B-6 and plenty of other things that help us regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol etc. Purple potatoes (and sweet potatoes, etc) are really affordable and nutrient dense.
Basics: Arugula salad w/ tomatoes, watermelon radish, purple potatoes, hemp seeds, avocado, cilantro. I roasted a batch of purple potatoes the day before and then simply sliced and added to this salad.
Dressing is Dijon mustard + olive oil + lemon juice 🍋
Instead of focusing on macronutrients, I typically just try to fill my plate with as many (naturally occurring!) colors as I can.