I say this to you guys time and time again and I can't stress it enough, eating your colours is crucial for your body's well being. When you look at a plate of fried food, you see brown and unless that brown is coming from beans, chances are that your plate is devoid of any nutritional value.
Every single vegetable and fruit has its own unique benefits to the body and the colours of the veggies / fruit are also indicative of their nutritional statistics. Basically, eating a plate of colourful food means eating a plate of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are so important for our bodies. As a general rule of thumb, you should at least see 3 colours on your plate and that's not including that green parsley garnish either :p The more colours in your dinner the better off you'll be and that's a fact!
Let's break down these colours and what they each contribute to your plate!
When it comes to colours, fruits and veggies that are more vibrant and richly hued typically have more of these antioxidants. For example, the lycopene in a tomato is much more abundant after the tomato has been cooked which also evidently deepens the colour of the tomato. Something to remember!
Stuffed butternut squash is one of the easiest ways to get an abundance of veggies in one big, delicious package. Not only are you getting all that wonderful, nutrient rich squash, but you have an opportunity to stuff it with an assortment of vegetables!
Also, oranges have a reputation for having exceptional amounts of Vitamin C but you can actually find more per serving in fruits / veggies like bell peppers, kale, papaya, and strawberries. Eating a variety is key!
The richer the colour, the more concentration of antioxidants. Blueberries are particularly great because they contain an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients and don't cause blood sugar spikes. You can easily incorporate more blueberries into your diets by adding them to smoothies, topping your yogurt parfait with a handful, or including them in your salads!
Eating a variety of greens is easy when you consider your options. A salad is a great way to get leafy greens and other veggies all in one package. Try swapping out your iceberg for a darker, leafy green if possible and don't forget a squeeze of lime over your dinner!
Even white vegetables have their own unique flavonoids and antioxidants. That's why it's so important to include a VARIETY of delicious produce in your diet!
Keep your plates full of colour and your body will be all the better for it!
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Dedicated Foodie. Proud Vegetarian. Recipe Creator. Friend to all Animals.