fruits_and_vegetablesHave you ever wondered why fruits and vegetables are the most colorful foods? Maybe it is nature’s way of attracting us to foods that are good for us.  I know I certainly go for what looks more appealing to my eye first, then its all about the flavor.  All that color represents Vitamins and Nutrients.

What colors did you eat today?

What is in the color?

Red
Rich in carotenoid lycopene to protect against hear and lung disease; tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon
 
Red/Purple
Contains powerful clot-preventing antioxidants; red and blue grapes, blueberries, strawberries, beets, eggplant, plums, red apple and red peppers
 
Orange
Rich in cancer fighting carotene; carrots, mangoes, cantaloupe, winter squash and sweet potatoes
 
Orange/Yellow
Helps prevent heart disease; oranges, papaya and nectarines
 
Yellow/Green
Reduces cataracts and age related macular degeneration; spinach, corn, peas, avocado, honey dew and collards
 
Green
Full of cancer blocking chemicals; broccoli, spinach, cabbage, kale, bok choy and sprouts
 
White
Garlic and Onions may lack a colorful pigment but they do contain important protective phytochemicals
 
The Best Paleo VegetablesAlmost all vegetables foods are on Paleo  but you need to be careful .  Vegetables with a high starch content – such as potatoes, and squashes  – tend to have low nutritional value in comparison to the amount of starches/carbs/sugars they contain. While they’re not bad for you, they’re not always that great for you either.

  • Focus on the crops that are in season in order to get the best prices and nutrient content.
  • Choose organic when/if possible and if your bank account allows.
  • Stock up on what’s on sale – many vegetables can be frozen for later use!
  • Purchase spinach, salad blends, pre-cut vegetables, etc. if convenience and minimal prep time are important.
  • Fill your cart with color!
  • Great choices include: spinach, greens, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, asparagus, brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, garlic, fresh herbs, sweet potatoes (for post workout meals), mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, avocado… (Avoid the nightshades if you have autoimmune issues.)
  • Fruit -Don’t go crazy here! Fit fruit into your diet primarily in the post workout period.  Great choices include: Berries, watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, peaches, grapefruit, oranges, plums, apples, bananas
 
 
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