How to color code your Food
by Coach D
There you are at the food market, trying to put together a healthy diet for a week, which requires some forethought about what you’ll be in the mood for a few days from now. It also has you thinking about how much of something you might need to get the daily nutrition requiremets.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that difficult. The HEALTHY foods you eat every day – fruits and veggies, meats and meat substitutes, dairy products and good grains – all contain vital nutrients that contribute to a healthy diet. And, some – particularly, those deeply colored fruits and veggies – are considered “superstas” in this area. In fact, your best bet is to think color!
The natural color of food is a reliable indicator of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it supplies. Here’s a quick snippit based on color:
Green – Those dark green veggies you eat like broccoli, spinach and sugar snap peas are high in vitamin C.
Red, yellow, orange – Fruits and vegetables of these colors, such as carrots, sweet peppers and sweet potatoes, are high in beta carotene or Vitamin A, and they can also be rich in vitamin C.
White – White fruits and veggies, like mushrooms, potatoes and bananas, supply B vitamins and many minerals. White dairy products – milk, yogurt and cheese – provide ample amounts of calcium (and are usually fortified with vitamin D).
Purple – Purple or purplish-blue foods, like grapes and blueberries, are best known for their anti-cancer and heart-helping antioxidants. And, like most other fruits and veggies, they’re also high in vitamin C and fiber.
Brown – Brown foods in the form of nuts, seeds and grains supply E and B vitamins, which include folic acid. Brown and white foods like meat, fish, poultry, tofu and legumes are stand out sources of proteins and minerals like iron and zinc.
So, the more colors you toss into your basket, the better chance you have of meeting all of your nutritional needs. And remember that you don’t have to meet the daily requirement for every single nutrient every single day