A plate of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn is a common scene at cookouts and diners. The main colors on the plate- brown, white and yellow or basically beige. Break away from a diet of mostly beige foods which tend to be low in nutrients. Here are 3 ways to include more color and nutrition in your meals.

Buddy up with spinach. Spinach blends well in many dishes such as scrambled eggs, meatloaf and even smoothies. Start with fresh spinach. The canned spinach flavor is more concentrated. Add a handful of fresh baby spinach to a smoothie and blend well. The fruit in the smoothie will cover most of the spinach flavor. Bright red fruits like strawberries can hide the green color.

Make creative kabobs. There are countless options for making meals on a stick! For snacks, thread kabobs with cheese cubes, grapes and melon balls. Make a quick appetizer for a party with red cherry tomatoes, yellow bell pepper slices, mozzarella cheese cubes and spinach leaves. Drizzle these tomato kabobs with basil pesto sauce.

Play with Pizza. Mini pizzas are a fun and easy way to feed a family. Each person gets their own base (whole wheat tortillas or Flat Out wraps work well). Top with tomato sauce, bell peppers, broccoli, pineapple, red onion, cheese and any other colorful toppings your family enjoys.

Try these Pineapple Chicken Kabobs on the grill.