March is National Nutrition Month and Go Folic! is participating in the American Dietetic Association’s campaign to “Eat Right With Color”! Says registered dietitian and ADA Spokesperson Karen Ansel, “Adding a splash of colorful seasonal foods to your plate makes for more than just a festive meal. A rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients, each with a different bundle of potential benefits for a healthful eating plan,”
Of course, no one knows how to use color better than artists, so we thought it was a perfect opportunity to ask few to share their thoughts on color and the benefits of a colorful diet.
Bianca Ana Chavez, Painter
How do you use color in your art?
When I begin a painting I ink the lines with a really heavy black. Then I gradually build up the color, using mostly earth tones.
What does “Eat Right With Color” mean to you?
It means eating foods that reflect all the colors of the garden, and
of the season. Fresh, organic vegetables also have more vibrant color,
which reflects their bursting flavor.
Why do you think it is important to incorporate fruits and vegetables into
Fruits and vegetables contain vital energy and eating them reminds us
of all the beautiful colors and shapes in nature. It makes you happy,
you think, “wow! this world is abundant with beautiful things… that
I can eat!”
What is your most colorful recipe?
Roasted acorn squash, baby red potatoes, and fennel with garlic,
rosemarry, sea salt, and cracked pepper.