Eating the rainbow...a guest blog by Lisa Blaine

When was the last time you paid closer attention to the colour of your food?  

It may come as a surprise but it is true - colourful foods are indicative of a healthy meal. The variety of vitamins and antioxidants that can be found in natural foods is exactly what your body needs. They contain a wide array of nutrients essential to boost your metabolism, improve brain function and natural body renewal processes.  

Colourful food ingredients can not only strengthen your immune system, but also promote a healthy heart, create radiant skin all over your body and help you live longer with a stronger immune system capable of coping with illnesses.  

SO, WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF ‘EATING THE RAINBOW”? 

RED foods contain carotenoid Lycopene known to promote prostrate health in men and breast health in women. Fruits like raspberries, pomegranate, cranberries, cherries and vegetables like tomatoes, red peppers can work magic if you incorporate them in your meals. 

BLUE & PURPLE regulate healthy digestion and promote healthy ageing. They are the ultimate brain food that improves memory. To promote longevity and wellness, try to incorporate more of the following foods into your meals: prunes, figs, eggplants, raisins, purple potatoes, plums, blackberries & blueberries. 

GREENS protect eye health and contain folic acid which is important during pregnancy. Greens have liver cleansing properties, they protect against high levels of cholesterol, regulate digestion and provide nutrients essential to boost immunity.  Don’t just think kale! Use broccoli, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, peas, green peppers, and fruits like avocado, kiwi, green apples, green grapes and limes. 

YELLOW & ORANGE foods are the protectors of your nervous system and promote eye health. Additionally, they play a vital role in skin health and strong bone formation thanks to vitamin C, potassium and folic acid. Add fruits like pineapple, oranges, bananas, passion fruits and melons for a healthy dose of vitamin A.  

WHITE fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that help regulate cholesterol levels and reduce high blood pressure. Potatoes, onions, cauliflower, turnips, bananas, white peaches, pears and white nectarines. 

Each colour of vegetables and fruit will carry its own set of unique fighting chemicals called Phytochemicals. These biologically active compounds found in plants are responsible for the bespoke beautiful colour of fruits and vegetables, and of course their healthy properties to give us an abundance of wellness in the form of nutritious, healthy meals.  

For more on this topic and other blogs on nutrition and holistic wellness, visit Lisa's blog at https://www.lisablane.com/blog 

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