Eat the Rainbow! A Fun Way to Make Sure You're Eating Enough Fruits & Veggies
Monday, January 1, 2024
A Fresh Start to the New Year
Start the new year with a challenge to Eat The Rainbow! Embarking on a challenge to eat each color of the rainbow every day is a fun and delicious way to make sure you're getting a variety of nutrients and antioxidants to support your overall health and immunity. According to the Mayo Clinic, each color provides benefits:
Red: Lycopene improves heart health, decreases prostate and breast cancer risk, contributes to stroke prevention and increases brain function.
Orange & Yellow: Carotenoids reduce the risk of heart disease and inflammation, strengthen the immune system, build healthy skin and improve vision.
Green: Indoles and isothiocyanates may help prevent cancer and are typically high in vitamin K, potassium, fiber, folic acid and antioxidants.
Blue & Purple: Anthocyanins and antioxidants help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease and are associated with improved brain health and memory.
White & Brown: Flavonoids and allicin can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, improve bone strength, and decrease risk of stomach cancer.
The most recent US Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. With Smith Brothers Farms home delivery, it's easy to achieve your recommended servings. You can add greens to your smoothies, sprinkle berries on your cereal, or make a colorful salad.