The Beauty of Real Food

I have come to appreciate the colors of the food we eat. When I visit the grocer or the Farmer’s Market, the colors are strikingly beautiful. Take a moment and be mindful of this the next time you shop. What do all those colors mean nutritionally? According to the experts, a whole healthy bunch!  For example, the blue or dark purple in blueberries, grapes, plums, purple cabbage and red onions comes from the nutrient, anthocyanin. This pigment has anti-cancer properties. Ever wonder what makes pink grapefruits, pink or tomatoes or watermelons, red? That red hue comes from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant and carotenoid and  is a top anti-cancer food with medical evidence linking it to reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Beta carotene helps apricots, carrots, yellow peppers, pumpkin and sweet potatoes turn orange or deep yellow and aids the body in converting Vitamin A, an essential nutrient for eye and brain health.

So enjoy the colors of the rainbow-make your plate pretty with a variety of your favorite fresh, fruits and vegetables. With no additives, preservatives or artificial colors, your body will be super-charged. Here are some fantastic  links to sites that contain gorgeous and colorful recipes to choose from.

 

Burrito-stuffed sweet potatoes from The First Mess Cookbook! Vegan and gluten free.
Burrito Stuffed Sweet Potato

 

 

CleanFoodCrush Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Platter
Lemon Herb Chicken Platter
Here's how to throw together a wholesome meal-in-a-bowl salad (the trick is the dressing!) - cookieandkate.com
Anything Goes Kale Salad
10 Minute Spring Mojito Fruit Salad

 

 

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