Eat in Living Color
We all know that the kinds of foods we eat have a big impact on our health. What we may have heard less about, however, is the importance of color in the foods we eat. A food’s color says a lot about its nutrition. “Eating in living color” means that if you have a lot of color on your plate, there’s a good chance you’re getting a healthy variety of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in your meals.
As you can see below, there are delicious, healthy options for every color of the rainbow:
• Red peppers
• Sweet potatoes
• Yellow peppers
• Collard greens
• Romaine lettuce
• Green peppers
• Kiwi fruit
• Green beans
• Juniper berries
• Blue corn
The Benefits of a Colorful Diet
It’s been verified over and over again that fruits and vegetables are essential for health. Fruits and vegetables can help fight cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce hunger and maintain or improve the health of your vital organs. When you make sure to put a variety of color onto your plate, you make it more likely that you will derive all the benefits that different fruits and vegetables can provide. In addition, adding color to your plate makes it look nicer! Once you’ve had a few meals bursting with bright yellows, deep reds and rich greens, you’ll never look at a plate of fried, brown food the same way again.
Getting Fruits and Vegetables into Your Diet
Working those fruits and vegetables into your diet is a lot easier than you might think. You can enjoy fruits and vegetables as drinks, appetizers, side dishes, and garnishes – even desserts! The more you can think of creative ways to color up your meals, the more fun it will be to follow a healthy eating plan.
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