A, B, C for a varied diet

You have probably heard many people talking, nagging and whining about eating a more varied diet? But what does that really mean? And why is it so important? Is it important? 

The plate trick model 2.0

If you think about varying what you put on your plate, preferably for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you'll get a wider range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The result? You reduce your risk of deficiency, of course. 

How do you do it? One trick is to eat more colourfully, as different vegetables provide different vitamins. For example, you can get vitamins C, K and A from green leafy vegetables, brassicas and kiwi fruit. Vitamin D, B12 and calcium are often found in dairy products. 

Eating fish and seafood gives you iodine, selenium, vitamin D and vitamin B12, among other things. And adding meat or chicken to your plate gives you B vitamins, phosphorus and selenium, while game meat also gives you the important iron. 

What do I do when life intervenes?

In a perfect world, you might have time to shop, cook and think about eating a varied diet. So what do you do when the kids need to be picked up from daycare, the work project needs to be completed or the drink with the Tinder date needs to be added to the schedule? During certain periods or times in your life when your diet becomes more monotonous, it can be helpful to take different types of supplements in the form of vitamins or minerals.