Do you want great skin, shiny hair and have loads of energy? Then rethink your dinner plate and pack on some color. The deepest richest colorful fruit and vegetables are loaded with free radical fighting antioxidants. These health promoting foods will not only taste great they will liven up your spirit.

A smoothie made with colorful fruits and vegetables is a smart and nutritious way to start your day. A green smoothie made with kale, celery, ginger, lemon, and apples will be surprisingly sweet and nutritious too. Lunch time can be met with organic crusty bread adorned with sliced avocados, a little lemon juice, topped off with sprouts. Dinner can be gorgeous beet pasta with ricotta. It is surprisingly easy to eat healthy when you have the right ingredients on hand. In fact, it is fun and rewarding to eat this way. Your body will thank you and your energy will soar. Stop the package food route and give your body what it truly craves. Maybe you are craving organic lean protein with a colorful salad. It is not hard to find colorful lettuces, cabbage, tomatoes or many other colorful fruits and vegetables to add in. Have fun with creating your meal. In fact the less complicated you make it the better it will be. I like to get the family involved, it is a fun way to bond and share in the cooking process.

Farmers’ markets are still overflowing with beautiful bright colorful fruits and vegetables which will liven up your meals. The good news is you will not only be making healthy food for your family, but also supporting our local farmers. From the garden to your table, farmers markets are loaded with fresh produce. Fresh means the nutrients are still alive and well and ready for your consumption. Living foods really pack a punch for our immune system as well as our overall well-being.

I hope to see you at a farmers market soon.

For more information about health and fitness, please contact Kay Colgan, at Middleburg Pilates and Personal Training, 14 S. Madison Street, Middleburg, Va. or call 540-687-6995.