Colorful Nutrition a balanced diet is very important – but what exactly does that mean, balanced diet? There are many components of a well balanced diet including complete proteins, complex carbohydrates, and good sources of fat. One, maybe less heard of than others, is the color of your food. Different color foods have different nutritional values that contribute to a balanced diet.
Red foods, for example, are rich in lycopene. Lycopene is known for lowering risk of developing prostate cancer. There are many red foods such as tomatoes, red grapes, strawberries, red potatoes, and radishes. Try sprinkling red fruits on morning granola or adding tomatoes to cottage cheese for an afternoon snack.
Blue has been recognized as a calming color in general, and it’s no different in foods. Foods that are blue or purple or have blue or purple tent help with calming nerves and general relaxation. Blueberries, kelp, eggplant, purple grapes, and plums are all good sources of blue/purple foods. Try incorporating eggplant into roasted or sauteed vegetables. and orange peppers, yellow squash, oranges, corn, and carrots are all a good source for Vitamin A. Peppers are great raw or with hummus as a snack!
Greens are probably the easiest color to list fresh foods: lettuce, spinach, kale, green grapes, broccoli, and celery.
Each color of food offers a different benefit. Be sure to choose whole foods with natural color rather than foods that have been colored. Enjoy the rainbow!


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