Variety is the spice of life, and maintaining a colorful diet is not only fun, but can have nutritional benefits as well. Now, we aren’t recommending adding any extra Yellow #5s or Red #3s to your diet, the colors we are recommending are all-natural. We challenge you to try a rainbow diet this week. Keep reading to learn about the nutritional benefits typically associated with each color.
Red and pink foods come in so many different flavors from sweet to tart. Look for things like Tomatoes, Watermelon, Strawberries, Peppers, Cherries, Raspberries and Cranberries. When adding these foods to your diet, you will be getting lycopene, beta carotene and Vitamin A. Benefits of eating red food can include preventing cancer, improving vision and mucus membrane health.
There are so many foods to choose from in orange and yellow. Vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, peppers and pumpkin will help you check off this color. If you are in a fruit mood, add oranges, tangerines, peaches, cantaloup, mangos, nectarines, bananas, lemons, or pineapple to your cart. It probably comes as no surprise that these foods are usually high in Vitamin C which helps to boost your immune system, promote collagen formation (rebuilds the skin) and aid cardiovascular health. They also contain high amounts of carotene and Vitamin A which are important for eye health
Now when you were a kid you may have shied away from green foods, but trust us, there are so many delicious ingredients that come in this shade. Of course we have to call out avocados first because we love them so much, but you also have Broccoli, Kale, Avocado, Green beans, Peppers, Kiwi, Spinach, Arugula, Cabbage, Asparagus, Collards, and Grapes to choose from. These foods are usually rich in antioxidants which remove free radicals from the body. Another benefit is the fiber content which helps to keep you full!
Last, but certainly not least is the category of blue and purple food. While we love these colors, they can be a bit trickier to find. Blueberries are an obvious choice because blue is in the name, but don’t forget about Cherries, Grapes, Plums, Purple Cabbage, Dark Chocolate, Red Wine. Foods in this color-group are usually high in flavonoids which help with brain health and circulation. They also have anthocyanin which can aid in preventing cancers.
What are your favorite colorful foods? Check out our full menu of multi-colored snacks and salads from the TK meal delivery service. The ingredients are pre-prepped to make mealtime and snack time even easier.