We’ve always felt that when preparing a meal or a snack that if it looks aesthetically pleasing it seems to enhance its taste. Adding colours is one way to achieve this and we wholeheartedly recommend adding some colour to any plate of food – but not just because it looks pleasing!
Eating a variety of colourful foods has significant health benefits and provides your body with essential minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. We’re often told that eating 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily will improve health; however, healthy eating is not just about how many servings you eat, it’s about the variety you choose too.
Food for thought…why add some colour to your plate?!
Offering vital nutrients and known for maintaining heart health, improving memory and decreasing the risk of certain types of cancers think red, purple and blue:
- Strawberries offer a good source of folic acid, whilst kidney beans help to balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow burning energy.
- Cranberries, blueberries and red peppers are loaded with vitamin C whilst cherries, figs and tomatoes help to lower blood pressure due to high levels of potassium.
- Beets are known to help fight inflammation and enhance performance, high in fibre and low in calories.
We all remember being told to eat our greens and there’s a good reason why – high in vitamin A and a good source of calcium what’s there not to like?!
- Broccoli can help improve detoxification and lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), whilst green beans provide a big boost to your immune system and this low calorie dietary choice is great for acquiring minerals and vitamins without adding any unwanted pounds!
- Brussels Sprouts may not have the best rep with the kids, but they are worth their place. A good source of protein, iron and potassium it’s time to pay them the respect they deserve.
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away and this may be the case with green apples in helping to prevent diarrhoea, constipation and gout.
- Folate in asparagus has been linked with lowering the risk of depression along with providing you with most of your vitamin K in just a one cup serving.
Following one another in the rainbow…orange and yellow fruits and vegetables have always been associated with vitamin C and the treatment of the common cold, plus boosting the immune system.
- Everyone knows that oranges provide us with vitamin C, but it’s also present in sweet potatoes, mangoes and papaya.
- Help maintain blood pressure by increasing your potassium levels through eating plenty of pumpkin seeds and butternut squash.
- Having their own day dedicated to them (April 4th) it seems only fair that we can trace the history of the humble carrot back to before the 900s. With high levels of vitamin A, you can achieve that glowing, healthy skin you’ve always wanted.
We often think of the word ‘refined’ when we consider white foods but there are a lot of white foods that are packed with nutrients that can help enhance the immune system, and aid cellular recovery.
- Stop crying over onions and embrace them instead. Containing zero fat, but vitamin B and folic acid instead, all of which helps the body to create healthy cells. Healthy either raw or cooked adding flavour to a meal without the need to add salt or sugar.
- Mushrooms contain some of the most potent natural medicines on the planet, and button mushrooms have been found to be a great occasional alternative to substituting red meat – helping to enhance weight loss.
- A low carb alternative cauliflower is incredibly versatile and can be cooked in a variety of ways and has been linked to increased immunity.