Eating the Rainbow with @Laus_Healthy_Life!
Need some colour in your life? 🌈 Honestly, so do we!
We asked Lauren, from @laus_healthy_life to explain why it's better when you're eating the rainbow.🍇 As a Naturopathic Medical Student, Lauren learns all about health and wellness and loves to post her own healthy recipes and tips on her Instagram and her blog!
Take it away Lauren!
Think tomatoes, red bell peppers, radish, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, & pomegranate. Where does this red colour come from? It’s often from lycopene & anthocyanin. Lycopene & anthocyanin have strong antioxidant abilities, & have been shown to protect against certain cancers, improve & protect your vision & fight inflammation! These veggies pack a punch, so load up!
Spaghetti squash, pumpkin, yellow peppers, yellow zucchini, oranges, lemons, carrots, & golden beets. Some of my favourite fruits & veggies fall into this category & for a good reason too! When you see yellow/orange think vitamin C, beta-carotene, flavonoids, zeaxanthin, & antioxidants!
Similar to our red coloured fruit & veg the nutrients found in this category can also protect against certain cancers & benefit eyesight! They have also been linked to lower LDL levels (aka the ‘bad’ cholesterol), & promote healthy collagen formation (since vitamin C, in particular, is needed for collagen to be synthesized in the body).
Broccoli, zucchini, spinach, swiss chard, dandelion greens, asparagus, brussel sprouts, celery, kiwi, & avocado. These green fruit & veg are full of tons of nutrients but in particular, chlorophyll. This is the pigment in these foods that give them that green colour. A diet rich in chlorophyll can help reduce bad breath & body odor. Along with chlorophyll, green foods, are also rich in many other vitamins & nutrients that can help cleanse the body, increase energy, & fight against illness.
The deeper the colour, the more phytonutrients! I am a huge fan of adding beets, red cabbage, purple sweet potato, purple cauliflower, blueberries, & blackberries to my meals or snacks whenever possible. It is believed these nutrient powerhouses get their colour from anthocyanins. Anthocyanins can help reduce free radicals in your body & help manage levels of inflammation as well. Many of these purple foods also contain a flavonoid that you may have heard of, called resveratrol. This is the reason why people argue wine has nutritional benefits! While I do love my wine you will get a lot more resveratrol from just eating the whole fruit or vegetable! Resveratrol may help lower blood pressure & protect against some cancers! So drink your glass of wine but pair it with a handful of blueberries too!
Need helping eating the 🌈? Check out these delicious, healthy recipes by Lauren!
- Vegan Pesto
- Asian-Inspired Salad
- Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- Avocado Sea-Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Broccoli & Cauliflower Veggie "Nuggets"
- Veggie Vegan Alfredo
More About Lau!
My name is Lauren (aka Lau) & I am the girl behind the Instagram account @laus_healthy_life! I am currently studying Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, but am originally an East Coast Island girl from Prince Edward Island (PEI). I have always been incredibly passionate about living a healthy and fit lifestyle. I know how much my life has changed since I modified my diet & became aware of exactly what I was putting into my body--so my goal is to help others achieve this as well! I am so honoured to partner with such an amazing company like Welo! They represent everything that I stand for & the people behind the brand are absolutely incredible. I am thankful to be connected to a brand that shares similar passions & interests that I do!