I was recently going through some old bookmarks and found an interesting article that was posted on Lifehacker that slipped by me. It discusses the idea behind eating the colors of the rainbow. The idea behind it is that it’s a relatively easy way to ensure that you’re getting a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients from many different sources of food.
We’ve all heard about how it’s important to eat leafy green vegetables. Kale is especially trendy these days, likely because overall it has a great balance of the things our bodies need. For example, kale is high in fiber, has a decent amount of calcium, and contains vitamins A, C, and K. Broccoli, swiss chard, and spinach are other healthy, low calorie options for leafy green vegetables.
Blue and purple vegetables are rich with fiber and vitamin C along with the nutrients lutein, zeaxanthin, and resveratrol. Some examples include blueberries, eggplants, pomegranates, prunes, and blackberries.
Red, orange, and yellow fruits also contain an abundance of vitamins C and A, along with beta-carotene, lycopene, and other nutrients that can help lower blood pressure and promote healthy joints. Some examples of these fruits and vegetables include cranberries, tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, carrots, grapefruits, pineapples, and peppers.
One of the easiest ways to eat the rainbow is with a smoothie each morning. You could toss in some green kale, some yellow pineapple, orange carrots, red strawberries, and a handful of blueberries to cover your bases. With your meals, include a side of veggies and you’ve just about covered every color of the rainbow for the day. Mix things up with different fruits and veggies each day to keep your body on its (healthy!) toes.