Eat a rainbow? I know you are asking “is she mad?” Bear with; there is a point to my madness. I know it can be boring to constantly be told to eat your veggies and how good they are for you. I also know that you probably hear or read that you should mix up your veggies to eat a less boring diet – but that’s not very inspiring is it. You want veggies to be fun, but you don’t want eating them or planning to include them in your meals to be hard work – right? So how about this for an idea – eat a rainbow! Conveniently, there are seven colors of the rainbow and there are 7 days of the week. Despite the children’s song telling us the colors of the rainbow are red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and blue, the true colors of the rainbow are actually red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. So, why not choose your vegetables to match one color, picking a different color for each day of the week. Don't forget to swap them round each week too. You don't want a diet of Red Mondays and Blue Fridays. And to make sure that if you’re going to eat a rainbow and it really works the best for you and you get all those delicious an special nutrients you need, let’s throw some fruits in there too, shall we?
Red is my favorite color so I would always kick off my plan to eat a rainbow on day one with red vegetables and red fruit. Red is an awesome color in nature. Red and pink fruits contain lots of phytochemicals to help your body fight disease and promote good health. One of the most important ones that I’m sure you’ve heard of is lycopene, which the National Institute of Cancer recommends should be eaten every day. It’s so easy to get your fix of red too. Tomatoes are one of the best sources and the most flexible of any foodstuffs. Eat tomatoes with your salad, in your sandwiches and even in your marinara sauce. Then of course you can try any of these on your “red day”:- red bell peppers, red chili peppers, red beets, strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, watermelon, red apples, cherries, cranberries, radicchio, rhubarb, and pomegranates. And don’t forget red potatoes – eat them with the skin on and get a great source of fiber and Vitamin C.