Have you ever heard the phrase “Eat the rainbow?” When we look at our plate, we should have more veggies on there than anything else.
Different colored veggies (and fruit) provide different vitamins and minerals. Eating a rainbow of colors helps provide many of the essential nutrients our bodies need to thrive.
This means choosing a wide variety of different color fruits and vegetables each day and throughout the week. Getting these from whole foods (fresh/frozen/canned fruits and vegetables) is key.
Here are some of the benefits for each color:
Red Foods —
These provide flavonoids, lycopene, Vitamin C, and folate that support our heart and help improve memory.
Orange & Yellow Foods —
These provide beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C which promote healthy eyes, heart, and immune function.
Green foods —
These provide vitamin K, carotenoids, chlorophyll, and omega-3 fatty acids which support healthy bones, teeth, and eyes.
Blue & purple foods —
These provide anthocyanin which helps support memory and healthy aging.
White Foods —
These provide flavonoids, which help support a healthy heart and good cholesterol levels.
So aim to provide a wide variety of different color fruits, and vegetables to your plate each day and throughout the week!
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