Have you considered eating habits inspired by the color spectrum?
According to the American Dietetic Association, you are encouraged to color your plate by eating off the rainbow spectrum on a daily basis for a balanced diet, better health and longevity. Do not confine yourself to the same diet routine and food choices; it’s about time you added color to your life, starting with your plate for positive health results and the energy boost you need! From the high-fiber content, essential vitamins and minerals to the antioxidant properties, fruits and vegetables consumed by color variation will nourish your body like no other diet. Here is your nutritional guide for the color spectrum of foods to inspire the artist in you and simply eat by color!
BLUE & PURPLE
TRUST & TRANQUILITY The color blue and its shades inspire feelings of trust, confidence and faith. Blue hues have a calming and relaxing effect on one’s metabolism which promotes tranquility and suppresses appetite! Seeing blue foods can help dieters eat significantly less. As the color is tied with intelligence, blue foods like blueberries, plums and acai berries are high in anthocyanins, which are great for memory and concentration. Anthocyanins also serve as antioxidants that help maintain cell health and promote healthy aging. Phytonutrient flavonoids are the reason these foods are blue and rich in nutritional value that keeps the blood vessels and heart healthy. Containing anthocyanins, purple foods like eggplants, purple grapes, raisins, berries, figs and black olives ensure efficient blood flow and are good for eyes and kidneys.
GROWTH & HARMONY Green foods are associated with peace, nature, freshness, fertility and feelings of safety and stability. Seeing green colors on your plate can inspire healing and feelings of protection. Chlorophyll is what gives all green fruits and vegetables their color. Most green foods are high in isothiocyanate and sulforaphane which are great for liver health. Most green foods also contain lutein and indoles, which help eliminate carcinogens. Aside from the typical high-fiber content, most green foods are high in folate, which promotes the body’s ability to build healthy cells, including blood-cell production, which makes them essential for rejuvenating muscles and bones. The variety of green food options is quite extensive, which allows you to incorporate them in your everyday diet creatively. The list of options includes cabbage, broccoli, spinach, parsley, zucchini, celery, lettuce, kiwi, Brussels sprouts, olives, avocados, cucumbers, green apples, green peppers, green grapes and green peas.