Did you know March is National Nutrition Month?
Healthy and balanced nutrition is essential to supporting healthy body function and reducing risk of disease, helping you feel and perform at your best.
And it doesn't have to be complicated, difficult, or overwhelming to do!
In fact, eating from the rainbow is one of the simplest and most effective ways you can support your health and wellness goals by naturally boosting your nutrition each day.
How It Works
Studies show eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of disease by providing your body with the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to function at its best.
And it's simple! Next time you're at the grocery store, take a walk through the produce aisles and notice the foods that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Those are your nutritional powerhouses.
Eating foods from the rainbow is also a fun and flavorful way to naturally get more key nutrients, fill in nutritional gaps, even boost your water and daily fiber intakes! To reap maximum benefits, aim to enjoy a variety of different-colored fruits and vegetables throughout your week.
Benefits of Rainbow Foods
RED: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, have been shown to help lower risk of heart disease and certain forms of cancer, may help reduce sun-related skin damage.
Apples, grapefruit, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, pink guava
ORANGE & YELLOW: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, support eye health, have been shown to help reduce risk of heart disease and cancer.
GREEN: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cruciferous vegetables particularly have been shown to lower risk of cancer and heart disease.
Apples, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, pears, cucumbers, spinach, zucchini
BLUE & PURPLE: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, may help support athletic performance by increasing oxygen intake, have been shown to help lower risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
Blueberries, blackberries, beets, red and purple cabbage, figs, grapes, plums
WHITE & BROWN: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, have been shown to help lower risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and some other forms of cancer.
Cauliflower, leeks, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, radishes, white potatoes
Keep it Simple
Eat them raw paired with hummus, whip or nut butter. Freeze fruits to enjoy as a sweet treat later. Steam, bake, roast, air-fry and grill them. Puree fruits and veggies into sauces, blend them into smoothies, and add them to your favorite baked goods. There are lots of fun, creative ways to enjoy them -- even if you're not a big fruit or veggie fan -- to help you reap the healthy benefits!
Add to omelets or scrambled eggs
Blend into smoothies
Sprinkle on Greek yogurt
Add to your breakfast wrap
Lunch / Dinner
Mixed green salad with variety of fruits and vegetables
Chicken breast or salmon with roasted vegetables
Homemade soup with a variety of vegetables
Pasta with tomato sauce and diced veggies
Sliced apple with nut butter
Baby carrots and bell pepper slices with hummus
Grapes and low fat cheese
Dried fruit with unsalted nuts
Celery with low fat cream cheese
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