Food Rainbow for Better Health
God provided powerful foods for our body by creating a colorful assortment of fruits and vegetables.
The natural world provides the sun’s energy and rainfall to make the plants and fruit trees and fruit vines grow. The plants then produce enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients, and vitamins that give our bodies the nutrition the body needs for good health. Phytonutrients are natural chemicals found in plant foods.
There are seven predominant colors in the food rainbow. By eating a little from each color category each day, you will be nourishing your body. For best results, rotate foods so your body gets a nice change each day.
Blue fruits and vegetables have powerful antioxidants. Our body needs antioxidants to help slow down the aging process. Antioxidants also protect your cells, reduce the risk of cancer stroke, and heart disease.
|Blue Cauliflower||Blue Grapes|
The blood of plants is known as chlorophyll. Green fruits and vegetables are rich in chlorophyll that contains lutein and folic acid. Folic acid is an important B vitamin that protects against birth defects. Lutein protects against macular degeneration. One other health benefit from eating from the green fruits and vegetables is cell regeneration and healing.
|Broccoli||Brussels Sprouts||Celery||Chives||Collard Greens|
|Comfrey||Cucumber||Dandelion Greens||Fennel||Green Beans|
Indigo foods are excellent sources of Lycopene and Vitamin K.
|Blackberries||Black Beans||Black Cherries|
|Black Currants||Black Olives||Black Raspberry|
Orange and Yellow
Eat orange and yellow fruits and vegetables to supply the body with beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is beneficial for preventing and fighting cancer as well as being an essential nutrient for the eyes, heart and the immune system.
|Oranges||Peppers ( orange & yellow )||Papaya||Peaches|
Red fruits and vegetables have lycopene which helps fight and prevent cancer. The red fruits and vegetables also contain anthocyanins which are powerful antioxidants that protect cells. Antioxidants are very important for heart health.
|Grapes||Goji Berries||Red Leaf Lettuce||Peppers|
|Ruby Red Grapefruit||Strawberries||Tomatoes||Watermelon|
Purple foods are high in antioxidants and vitamins.
|Mulberries||Passion Fruit||Purple Onions||Purple Cabbage|
|Purple Eggplant||Purple Grapes||Purple Green Beans||Purple Peppers|
God gave us such a colorful bounty of plants that contain powerful nutrients. You have options. Eat foods from one color each day of the week. You can also eat from all of these colors each day with salads, smoothies or make a delicious soup.
Tomorrow I am going to make a Butternut Squash soup that is delicious. Here is a picture of the butternut squash and yam being prepared for the soup. See how colorful these vegetables are?
I have fun now in the kitchen and when shopping because I try different combinations of the fruits and vegetables in my salads, soups, and smoothies. I didn’t know what some of these plants were until I researched finding them at my local markets here in California!
My fridge currently has some red apples, navel oranges, anjou pears, kiwi, red cabbage, celery, sweet onion, pineapple, carribean red papaya, persimmon, and some seeds.
In my freezer you will find blueberries, mangoes, raspberries, and a frozen banana for my smoothie tomorrow. Have fun and you will be using your food as medicine for your body!