The power of color in your bowl: the next superfood
Have you heard of acai, spirulina, goji berries, manuka honey? All these are super fancy super foods on the market today and they can be pricey. Have you been curious about these super foods? Well, I’m here to tell you that these superfoods are not the only way to add a dose of much needed vitamins, minerals and nutrients into your diet.
The plant kingdom is quite colorful, and each of the colors in your food are related to a specific phytonutrient. The orange color of bell peppers for example, can be attributed to carotenoids, a family of antioxidants that supports your immune system health.
Eating a variety of healthy whole grains, lean proteins and the rainbow of colors found below will add much needed plant powered vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into your lifestyle without the inflated price tag.
7 Color Superfoods: Shopping By Color
1| Red. Try adding beets, tomatoes and red bell peppers to your salads.
2| Orange. Mix up your snacks by adding oranges, they travel well in your purse. Also, try shredded carrots in your salads or a side of sweet baked potato instead of white.
3| Yellow. Try fresh squeezed lemon in your water, or bananas and mangoes.
4| Green. Select fresh salads made with chlorophyll packed leafy greens such as spinach, arugula, baby kale, and lettuce.
5| Blue. Blueberries, technically not exactly blue but super nutritious nonetheless. Blueberries are lower in sugar than regular fruit, full of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin as well as B vitamins.
6| Purple. Blackberries and concord grapes are a great source of anti-inflammatory compounds called flavonoids. Mix berries into your smoothies or take them to work as a snack between meals.
7| White. Add steamed or sauteed cauliflower to your dinner. Cauliflower is easy to clean and prepare. Just cut into small pieces and steam or saute with spices of your choice for 5-10 minutes. It is done when it is cooked to the consistency of your preference. Also, cauliflower can be cut into bite sized pieces and added raw to salads.