In your grocery cart, in your fruit bowl, on your plate, in your lunch box, and in your snack bag… be sure to always have a rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables.
Why? Well, Mother Nature sure is smart, and not only are fruits and vegetables pretty to look at, but each and every color has its place in the world, and in our diets.
For example, leafy greens such as kale, collards and mustard greens, are loaded with calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, C, E, K, fiber, chlorophyll, folic acid. They are immune strengthening and blood purifying.
Next, we have beautiful reds such as pomegranates, red peppers and tomatoes. These beauties are rich in phytochemicals, reduce free radical damage, and support heart and memory function.
Orange fruits and veggies such as (yes!) oranges, but also carrots, sweet potatoes and yams have beta-carotene which supports night vision (and eyesight). So, if you do a good amount of night running, you might want to increase your orange veggies.
Moving right along, we have our yellows including squash, yellow pepper and lemons. They improve circulation and the immune system. Who knew?
Still, those blues and purples like eggplants, grapes, and plums… ah, those are just so elegant and also rich in antioxidants; they prevent early aging and heart disease. It’s a nice bonus that they all taste so good too.
Lastly, whites are to be taken very seriously. They are “Nature’s pharmacy and reduce blood pressure and LDL (bad cholesterol). Whites are anti-viral and anti-bacterial. So, be sure to throw some artichokes, fennel, parsnips, garlic, ginger, and onion all into your cart and into your body.