Edit the Colors on Your Plate

purple-vegetablesThink back over the meals you ate over the past several days. Can you picture them in your mind? What colors were on your plate?

Why does that matter? Because the color of your food is an indicator of the nutrients that are provided. Contrary to popular opinion, nutrients are the reason you eat. At least that is what your body is seeking.
What is the common source of quick meals in America? I’m guessing you responded fast food restaurants. And what colors are involved in those meals? Blah …. You know that I don’t see much promise in fast food meals and their lack of color is just one of the reasons.

Add some color, and what do you gain? Nutrients, energy and life!

Put some green on your plate – whether raw or cooked – and you will be supporting improved eye health and up-regulating detox enzymes in your liver. Options could include leafy greens, cucumber, zucchini, kiwi or avocado. Green fruits and vegetables provide perhaps the widest range of vitamins and minerals including a great source of calcium, iron, potassium and folate.

Another color you could add is blue or purple, which will greatly increase your antioxidant support, fight inflammation in your circulatory system, boost your immune system, and improve your skin health. A big plus in pursuing wellness! By incorporating grapes, blueberries, plums, red cabbage, red onions and eggplant, you will be supporting your body with added Vitamin C, potassium and folate. Your body will thank you!

You can greatly increase both the variety and the nutrition in your meals by passing up the bland-colored, processed foods and incorporating more colorful fruits and vegetables. Nutrients, fiber and energy are readily available, along with a more enjoyable meal.

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