With childhood obesity rates soaring, it is crucial to encourage healthy snacking, and provide education on the benefits of eating a variety of colors instead of consuming high fat snacks! Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that play many roles in growth and development and preventing diseases. Remember, be creative and have fun with color! Here are some benefits of each color:
Request the red- These fruits and vegetables help improve heart health are also known as anticarcinogenic - which means they reduce the occurrence of cancers. Eat strawberries, watermelon balls, or red peppers to get these benefits!
Obtain the orange and yellow- Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that are associated with heart health, and they help boost the immune system. These fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin B, vitamin C, and potassium! Pineapple, oranges, and squash are good examples!
Grab the green- Green fruits and vegetables have been shown to guard against stroke and heart attacks, are anticarcinogenic, and help promote strong bones and teeth! Remember, the darker green the better. Eat spinach, broccoli, and kiwi to protect your heart and keep your bones strong!
Bring on the blue and purple- Blue and purple fruits and vegetables are best known for their anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent damaging blockages in our blood vessels. They also contain vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, iron, and potassium. To get the benefits of these colors, eat plums, blueberries, or eggplant.
Why not white? - These fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and are known for their anticarcinogenic properties as well as their benefits toward healthy cholesterol levels and a healthy heart. Cauliflower, onions, and bananas are great examples to incorporate into their diets.
Until next time, Eat Well, Live Well :)