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  • Writer's pictureSusan Green

Why you should eat a rainbow!

Updated: Mar 7, 2020

Eating a rainbow helps to ensure you are consuming a variety of nutrients, and it’s fun!

Nature is just so incredible! So colorful! I don’t know about you, but I am tirelessly in awe of the spectrum of colors, shapes, textures, smells and tastes of the fruits, vegetables, greens and herbs on this planet. Take a look in the produce section of any grocery store. It’s a virtual rainbow of goodness.

Have you heard about “eating a rainbow”? Well, it’s a fantastic way to shop and eat, and not just because your salads will be pretty (which, by the way, I think is a major bonus). It turns out that the different colors of plants have a lot to do with how each particular fruit, vegetable, leafy green or herb can contribute to your health and wellness.

EAT RED FOODS like apples, red cabbage, red onion, red peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, cherries, watermelon abundant in LYCOPENE, FLAVANOIDS, VITAMIN C, and FOLATE for HEART HEALTH and MEMORY

EAT ORANGE FOODS like cantaloupe, carrots, butternut squash, lemons, mango, oranges, papaya, peaches, pineapples, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yellow peppers high in BETA-CAROTENE, VITAMIN A and VITAMIN C for HEALTHY IMMUNE FUNCTION, HEART HEALTH, and HEALTHY EYES

EAT GREEN FOODS like asparagus, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, collards, cucumbers, grapes, green beans, green peppers, honeydew, kale, peas, spinach for CHLOROPHYLL, VITAMIN K, CAROTENOIDS, and OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS—important for HEALTHY BONES, HEALTHY EYES, and HEALTHY TEETH

EAT PURPLE FOODS like dark beans, eggplant, beets, blueberries, blackberries, figs. They are high in ANTHOCYANINS to support MEMORY, CANCER PREVENTION and HEALTHY AGING

DON'T STOP HERE... Keep looking for fun ways to add color and variety into your diet with lots of ORGANIC, WHOLE and UNPROCESSED FOODS! And remember to shop for a Rainbow at the grocery store!

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