Every winter I like to step back and remind myself to eat the rainbow by perusing my colorful fruits and veggies list. Farmer’s Market, or not, it is up to each of us to seek out a wide variety of healthy fruits and veggies every single day.
“Healthy” isn’t Seasonal. Even though the sun may be hiding behind a soggy gray stack of snow-filled clouds or maybe there is just an extra bite of chill in the air – eating a colorful assortment of produce is a year-round commitment to make for your health. Lean away from consuming too much of your favorite beige foods. Fill in the gaps with colors. Lots of beautiful, juicy, sweet, ripe colors. But don’t make yourself crazy trying to restrict your diet – focus on adding in the good stuff: living plant-based foods. Let the rainbow guide you. Pretend that every day you wake up, you are an artist painting a beautiful rainbow of health. You can’t paint a rainbow with beige. So here is a handy list of produce to keep your artists “paint palate” full of colorful fruits and veggies…
Vegetarian Diet – Boring?! I love reading over this list to remind myself how many diverse fruits and vegetables there are to eat. I hate it when people ask me “So, what do you eat anyways?” or “Don’t you get bored?” Anyone who says eating a vegetarian or vegan diet is boring – needs a bit of a wake-up call by reading this list. And just think, this is just some of the fruits and veggies (I’m sure I missed a few) – and I’m not even including all the various grains, beans, seeds and nuts out there as well.
The “Eating the Rainbow” idea has definitely caught on for kids and adults. Everyone from the CDC to Oprah has embraced the idea of eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies on a daily basis. What colors will you eat today?…
You know red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple – but don’t forget white, black and even pink fruits and veggies…
Colorful Fruits and Veggies List
Red bell pepper
Sugar snap peas
other leafy greens
assorted green herbs
*Blue and Purple represent a similar color category
Soy beans, mature