Losing weight doesn’t have to be boring when you focus on bright, colorful meals.
What does this mean? Simply by making sure your plate reflects a range of colors, you’ll naturally create a more balanced and healthful menu. Not everyone has the time or the patience to count calories, but assessing the colors on your plate is something anyone can do – and it only takes an instant!
Why is color important? Many fatty and caloric foods, such as dairy products and starchy carbs, are beige or brown. While there are too many of these drab colors on your plate, weight gain is almost certain.
That’s because these beige foods are often higher in calories and can leave you feeling hungry later. A cup of beige or brown beans can be over 200 calories…but a cup of broccoli is under a hundred! Add fresh greens, deep purple reds and bright yellow-orange to a meal, and water the nutrient content go up, while the calories go down!
Plus, you’ll get more enjoyment from eating when there’s a variety of colors and flavors on your plate.
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 8 minutes
- 7oz/bacon, chopped
- ½ cup walnut halves, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- salt and ground black pepper
- 6oz/150g baby spinach, trimmed and washed
- 3 ripe Roma (egg) tomatoes, diced
- 1 large ripe avocado, halved, peeled, seeds removed and sliced
- 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
- Heat a non-tick frying pay over medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes or until crisp. Remove the bacon and set aside to cool.
- Add the walnuts to pan and cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.
- Add oil and lime juice to pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine.
- Combine spinach, tomatoes, avocado, onion, bacon and walnuts in a large serving bowl. Pour warm lime dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.