by Michele Ciancimino
If you’re looking for an easy way to achieve better health, eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables can lead you to your pot of gold. That’s right, your body wants and needs a variety of colors from real food daily. Different colors indicate the different superpowers of each plant.
Let’s focus for today on red and yellow/orange and green foods:
Red foods like apples, beets, red onions, cranberries, and strawberries help promote a healthy heart, skin, and can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
Orange and yellow foods like lemons, cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potatoes, and peppers promote healthy vision, help build and repair skin (externally and internally (airways, digestive and urinary tracts, etc.
Green foods like avocado, lime, cucumber, Brussels sprouts, and spinach promote digestive and hormone balance, support healthy vision and reduce the risk of cancer.
If the only colors you are eating are neon (Skittles for lunch anyone?), then it may be time to assess your nutrition and learn some healthier options. Ideally, your better nutrition plan is focused on a variety of whole plant foods and includes more vegetables than fruit.
Here is one of my favorite orange recipes:
Twice Baked Yams
4 small garnet yams, fist-sized
1 T unrefined coconut oil
1 T grated ginger
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Rub the outside of each yam with oil and place on a baking sheet and roast 45 minutes.
- Once cool enough to handle, cut a slit in each one and scoop out the inside flesh of each yam into a bowl.
- Mash the yam with sea salt and ginger, add back to the yam skins and bake 10 minutes more.
Top with sliced scallions and serve.
Need help figuring out your better rainbow nutrition plan? Take my free Rainbow Assessment to get started!