It is the season to see the colors red and green everywhere. Add these seasonal colors to your mealtime for a fun added boost to your health. If you are looking to make healthier choices a good place to start is adding more fruit and vegetables to your diet.
Red foods are a good source of lycopene and resveratrol. Lycopene is a carotenoid that helps reduce the risk of certain cancers. It is best absorbed by the body when combined with a fat. Combine some sliced tomatoes and red onion with olive oil and feta cheese for a delicious salad. Bring in the seasonal colors by sprinkling some sliced fresh basil leaves, healthy and delicious. Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red grapes and red wine. Add some red grapes to your salad, serve frozen as a refreshing dessert or just add a glass of red wine to your meal.
Green foods are a good source of chlorophyll, isothiocyanates and catechins. Greens are the powerhouse in healthy eating, you can drink them in green smoothies or juices, add them to soups, sandwiches, or pretty much any meal. The health benefits include cancer fighting power, lowering cholesterol and helping the body to purge toxins. Green tea is a good source of catechins that may reduce bad cholesterol, you can drink as a hot cup of tea or use it in place of water in your smoothie.You can get additional juice and smoothie recipes here.
Mixing your red and green foods is a fun way to encourage your kids to eat healthy during the holidays too. A good snack is sliced red and green apples (squeeze a little lemon juice to keep from browning) dipped in greek yogurt with a little honey swirled on top. Add sliced red peppers and pea pods for a crunchy snack in their lunchbox or make a green smoothie with frozen bananas, kale, water, frozen pineapple and sprinkle goji berries on top.
Making healthier choices can be fun, say goodbye to restrictive diets and enjoy creating fresh whole food meals. Your body will thank you with increased energy and overall improved health.