Colored Plates: What do Fiestaware and Dementia Have in Common?

Got Fiestaware?  My mom does…she has a whole set of plates and bowls in lots of vibrant, beautiful colors.  Having a meal on a colored plate just seems to make mealtime more fun!

I recently read a great post from The Alzheimer’s Reading Room discussing the use of colored plates in Alzheimer’s patients.  (FYI: The Alzheimer’s Reading Room is a great resource for those with or caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s.  They have great resources and an active community for you to connect with.  I highly recommend them!!)

The post mentions that colored plates help Alzheimer’s patients see their food more clearly, which as you can imagine, seems to help with intake.   This isn’t a new phenomenom but one we’ve been using in the practice of dietetics for some time.  Colored plates help those with visual impairment see contrast and therefore enhance intake.  Our brains also seem to pick up on the colors and may influence us to eat differently.  In particularly, red plates do seem to increase intake.

So to answer the original question…what do Fiestaware and dementia have in common?  That colorful Fiestaware (or a colored disposable plate) could be an easy trick to helping your loved one with or without dementia eat more!

Have a great weekend!  Sunday is Grandparent’s Day…be sure to honor and/or remember your grandparents!!



1.  The Alzheimer’s Reading Room:

2.  Photo:  Kenan Crawford Hill

What’s in your starting line-up? ACC Tournament and National Nutrition Month

March is an exciting time of year!  Not only is it National Nutrition Month but there is a little bit of basketball going on…

When I saw the image of the tournament (featured to the left) I couldn’t help but notice that the cute, little orange basketball had been made to  look like a Georgia peach.  Did they have a Dietitian working for them?  🙂

Each team has a starting line-up.  These guards, forwards and centers are at the core of the team and possess the most talent and skill.

On your plate, you also have great players…shall we call them “your plate’s starting five?”

Starting at point guard: vegetables, they are key to distributing nutrients and energy to your body.  Include those  vegetables that are bright in colors.  Foods like carrots, kale and beets.

Like a good three-point shooter, fruits are tasty, exciting and fun to be around.  Try to add more of those fruits to your plate that are deep in color like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries (and peaches, of course).

Every good team has a center to anchor the inside game. Protein can help add B12 to your diet and help you feel fuller longer.  Include lean proteins in your diet like non-fatty meats, fish, beans and lentils.

Forwards are key to being able to move all around and fill in many different roles on the court.  You can use 100% whole grains to add fiber to your diet.  Of course, anytime you add fiber you should also be aware of your fluid intake to prevent constipation.  Be sure to try to drink 8-10 cups of water a day.

Oh, and be sure to limit sugar sweetened beverages as a way to prevent fouling out.  🙂

Here is a good picture from Tufts to help you plan your starting line-up:

You too can find your way to a champion’s diet and peak health!!  (Go Heels!!)

A special thanks goes to my husband, @robreports for  making sure I had all my basketball lingo correct.  🙂


1.  Tufts Nutrition: