Taste a Rainbow

My Local Hy-Vee's Produce Display
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month®?  This annual nutrition education campaign is sponsored by the American Dietetic Association and this year's theme is "Eat Right with Color".  It encourages all of us to think about the colors of the rainbow while we plan our meals. 

So, what are the colors of a healthy diet?  Green, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, Red, and White of course!  Aim to fill half of your plate with a variety of fruits and vegetables each day.  Here are few suggestions to get you started.

Green fruits and vegetables are abundant in powerful antioxidants, which may help promote healthy vision and reduce cancer risks.  Best green choices are kiwi, broccoli, spinach and kale.

Orange and Yellow fruits and vegetables are rich in the well-known beta-carotene, vitamin C and lutein. Beta-carotene is healthy for the skin, vitamin C strengthens the immune system and lutein helps to maintain healthy vision.  Best orange and yellow choices are oranges, apricot, cantaloupe, carrots, corn and winter squash.

Purple and Blue fruits and vegetables help to beat the effects of aging. Purple and blue foods have antioxidant benefits and may help with memory, urinary tract health and reduced cancer risks.  Best purple and blue choices are blueberries, blackberries, prunes, plums, eggplant and purple cabbage

Red fruits and vegetables are loaded with the antioxidant lycopene, which may help lower the risk of prostate and ovarian cancers as well as help maintain a healthy heart, vision and immunity.  Best red choices are tomatoes, watermelon, ruby red grapefruit, cranberries, pomegranate and beets

White tan and brown fruits and vegetables sometimes contain nutrients that may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks.  Best white choices are potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms and onions

So the next time you visit your local supermarket see how many colors of the rainbow you can get into your cart.  It's a fun game you can share with the whole family.  Visit Today I Ate a Rainbow for more fun ideas.

The information provided is not intended as medical advice.   Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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Emily Elliott

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard. Google

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