Spring is upon us so it seems most people are thinking of spring fever remedies, leprechauns, rainbows, a pot o’ gold, or any other fun thing and activity associated with spring! To help continue the festivity, we think it’s a perfect time to share information with you about eating the rainbow.
Ever heard of the “rainbow diet?” It’s not an actual diet — it refers to choosing fruits and veggies in a rainbow of colors.
A well-balanced diet rich in color cab be both nutritious and healing to the body. Eating an array of colorful foods regularly helps give your body the nutrients it needs. Besides fiber, vitamins and minerals, naturally colorful foods contain phytochemicals. These powerful plant substances give fruits and veggies their color and help fight disease.
Research has shown that eating a variety of these plant substances may help to:
Strengthen your immune system
Lower your risk for certain cancers and chronic diseases
Help ward off type 2 diabetes
Reduce high blood pressure
Prevent some eye diseases
Maintain heart health
Help build strong bones and teeth
Your daily quota
Think nutrient dense. Aim to fill half your plate with colorful fruits and veggies at each meal. Your produce can be fresh, raw or cooked, canned, frozen or dried. How much you should consume depends on your age, gender, calorie needs and activity level.
A rainbow of choices
Ready to shop the rainbow? Here are some ideas to get you started:
• Red: Red apples, cranberries, red grapes, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon,
pink or red grapefruit, tomatoes, radishes, radicchio, red peppers, red onions
• Blue/purple: Raisins, blackberries, blueberries, plums, purple grapes, purple cabbage, purple figs
• White: Bananas, white nectarines, white peaches, garlic, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, potatoes
• Green: Green apples, green grapes, kiwi fruit, honeydew melon, kiwi, avocado, broccoli, spinach,
okra, artichoke, zucchini, lettuce, celery, asparagus
• Yellow/orange: Yellow apples, apricots, cantaloupe, oranges, peaches, nectarines, mangoes,
grapefruit, pineapple, yellow peppers, pumpkin, sweet corn, yellow tomatoes, lemons, sweet potatoes
Now that you’ve heard of the “rainbow diet”, will you make it a goal to eat the rainbow?