eat colorfully

    EAT COLORFULLY

    EAT COLORFULLY 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

    Simple concept really. By eating a variety of colorful foods you provide your body with nourishing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can’t be replicated by external supplements. Different colored foods play different roles in the body so make it a game and eat a different color each day. This exercise encourages you to try new fruits and veggies and keeps you from getting bored of the same old picks.

    Monday | Red
    It should be no surprise that Pomegranate is first on my list. Studies have shown it to be as well rounded as you can get from reducing plaque buildup to lowering blood pressure. Pomegranate juice aids in managing prostate cancer, diabetes and arthritis. Experts believe the magic is in the seeds — so don’t be shy, sprinkle away and put them in or on everything.

    Other reds includes cherries, beets, chile peppers and tomatoes. All reds are a terrific source of Vitamin C.

    Tuesday | Orange
    Let’s just go ahead and refer to Tuesday’s as Super Tuesdays from here on out in honor of all the superfoods on the menu. Carrots, Papaya and Butternut Squash are all on nature’s original A Team for their impressive levels of Vitamin A, Fiber, Potassium. These 3 are veterans at preventing cancer, protecting our bodies against disease and boosting our immune system.

    Wednesday | Yellow
    You don’t necessarily need to eat the rainbow, you can drink it too. Lemon water promotes a healthy digestion and rehydrate your body. Lemons contain Vitamin C and Potassium and while they may not have the highest levels it does have other benefits. Lemon water can lead to clearer healthy skin by rejuvenating the collagen in your body as well as help you maintain a healthy weight.

    Other yellows include bananas, pineapple and mangos.

    Thursday | Green
    Arugula, asparagus and broccoli oh my! #GoGreen Veggies like asparagus are high fiber vegetables that help you feel full before you actually are to stop you from overeating. Hint Hint. Veggies high in fiber also help your body avoid constipation. Veggies like arugula contain Vitamin A and C and Calcium and are great for adding a little spiced flavor to your dishes. Use it in your salads, stews or sandwiches.

    Another great option that is commonly overlooked is cabbage — which happens to be one of the world’s healthiest foods AKA brain food. Cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin K, C, B1 and B6 and is a great source of manganese, fiber, potassium and folate. Cabbage has well known cancer preventative compounds that inhibit the growth of cancer tumors, and anti-inflammatory and blood sugar regulator.

    Friday | Blue
    We’ve started the week off strong — so let’s finish it strong by treating yourself to blueberries. Blueberries are easy to mix into a creamy coconut yogurt with raw honey or maple syrup, add granola and top it off with plump blueberries. Blueberries are rockstars in warding off disease. Those little guys are high in fiber, potassium, folate, Vitamin C, B6 — the list goes on.

    Saturday | Purple
    Just remember the darker the food gets the better. Darker fruits and vegetables have more antioxidants and rich-hued foods like grapes, eggplant, plums contain flavonoids and resveratrol which keep blood pressures in check and boost immunity against cancer. There is evidence to suggest blue and purple foods are the foods essentially going to bat for you. They have the ability to improve your heart health, vision, and brain function.

    Sunday
    …and on the 7th day we rest.

    As you can see, adding fruits and veggies to your day doesn’t have to be a chore or another item on the checklist. There are quick and easy ways to make sure you’re balancing your meals and by eating color each day you’re insuring your body gets what it really needs. Eating colorfully is not a new concept but quite a fun game actually so share it with your friends and family and find creative ways to eat the rainbow.

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