When you think about wellness do you think about color? Some people may, but many people don’t. Next time you look at your plate think about how many colors you have. Are you eating through the rainbow? If your plate is all white or all green there is a problem. Research shows that having a variety of colored food on your plate helps with wellness. Therefore, next time you are at the grocery store check out some of these colorful foods that will not only make your plate beautiful but also make you feel strong and healthy.
1. Yellow: yellow foods such as sweetcorn and yellow bell peppers are rich in carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants that protect you from damaging free radicals.
2. Orange & Red: orange and red foods often derive their color from carotenoids such as beta-carotene. Tomatoes and watermelon are rich in another carotenoid called lycopene. These carotenoids in these fruits and vegetables are extremely strong antioxidants which fight skin aging and help to keep you looking younger and in the best of health.
3. Blue, Purple & Red: beetroot, red grapes and berries get their red, blue and purple hues from a group of phytonutrients called flavonoid, these are very powerful antioxidants. Some of them are even more powerful than vitamin C.
4. Purple: among the most powerful group of nutrients are the pigments which give the purple color to blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, acai berries and red grapes. These fruits are full of antioxidants that keep you healthy and feeling strong.
As the days get brighter and warmer be sure that you are taking advantage of all the colorful fruits and vegetables that are available in your local grocery store. Your body will thank you.