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Mix and Match

Article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, August 8th, 2012

 


When I was a kid there was a brand of clothing with tags of different colors. All we had to do is match the colors and, viola we had an outfit. Eating healthy can be as simple as adding some color.

 

We all know that eating fruits and veggies is important to staying healthy but it can get a bit overwhelming to keep track of which foods provide which nutrients. Sometimes we miss out on vital vitamins and minerals.

 

Let’s keep it simple. Generally speaking, foods in the same color scheme provide similar nutrients to the body. Here are the major groups.

 

  • White. These fruits and veggies contain high levels of quercetin, a big anti inflammatory, antifungal and anti viral nutrient. Yep, it fights those infections in the body. Good sources include Cauliflower, daikon radishes, apples, onion and garlic.

  • Yellow. This is the Vitamin C group. Vitamin C helps fight off those free radicals that can cause a vast array of illnesses. Good choices include Lemon, pineapples and yellow peppers.

  • Red. Chocked full of lycopene the red food group boosts circulation, building healthy cell walls and lowering blood pressure. Try tomatoes, watermelon, beets and red peppers.

  • Green. Did not think I was going to forget the green category did you? Leafy greens are the powerhouse of clearing toxins from the body. They also contain Vitamin K to build and maintain strong healthy bones. Eat that spinach, kale and Broccoli, just like mom said.

  • Purple. I saved the most potent for last. This color group contains more disease fighting antioxidants than any other color. They pack the biggest punch for overall health, not to mention they play a key role in raising the good “HDL” cholesterol in the body. No time like summer to fill up on blueberries and blackberries. Eggplant and purple cabbage is also excellent choices.

 

For optimal health, add something from each color group to your daily meal planning. Mix and match those fruits and veggies and voila, you have a healthy plate. So simple even a 6 year old can do it. No tags needed.

 

 

Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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