5 Colors that should be on Your Plate
Have you ever heard the phrase, “eat the rainbow”? Sadly, this is not referring to snacking on Skittles or eating bowls of Lucky Charms for breakfast. The “rainbow” refers to eating a diet with a variety of natural color. Eating colorful fruits and vegetables has been proven to provide your body with nutrients to boost immunity, prevent cancer, and more.
At Costa Vida, our colorful menu is inspired by the vibrant cuisine of coastal Mexico. We know that a diet that’s rich in color is not only healthy, it’s more fun! At your next meal, eat by color and fill your plate with a nutritious rainbow of superfoods.
Tomatoes and watermelon contain lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against certain types of cancers. Studies also link it to raising skin’s natural SPF. To make the most of this color category, enjoy chips and salsa and snack on hydrating watermelon.
Alpha and beta-carotene are to thank for the bright color of these fruits and vegetables. These nutrients also support eye health and strengthen the immune system. Orange foods like carrots, mango, oranges, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe are also rich in antioxidants.
These sunny fruits and vegetables are packed with Vitamin C. This color category has been shown to support your body’s cardiovascular, immune, and digestive systems. Find these health benefits in pineapple, yellow bell peppers, corn, and squash.
Like orange foods, leafy greens are rich in beta-carotene and have been proven to support eye, lung, and liver health. Cruciferous vegetables, like Brussels sprouts and broccoli, improve your body’s ability to get rid of cancer-causing toxins. Toss arugula, romaine lettuce, and kale in your next salad to get these health benefits.
Antioxidants from foods in this color category support your heart and brain functions. Sip berry smoothies and snack on grapes to receive these health benefits. These fruits are equally nutritious fresh or frozen, so stock up on frozen berries in the off-season.
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