Eat a Rainbow Diet for Optimal Health

Eating a rainbow diet of different colored fruit and vegetables is the key to great nutrition. We've all heard of the familiar "5 a-day" slogan, with doctors and nutritionists urging us to eat more fresh produce as part of a healthy diet plan.

Great sources of antioxidants and phytonutrients

But scientists now know that rather than just eating more, it's important to consume a variety of different colored fruit and vegetables too. The red, green, yellow, orange, purple and white pigments that give fresh produce its color are a vital source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Red fruits and vegetables are excellent lycopene foods whilst orange and yellow produce is a great source of beta carotene benefits.

Green vegetables in particular provide us with a rich supply of the phytonutrient lutein which provide a host of lutein benefits.

Lastly, deep blue and purple fruits and vegetables are a rich source of the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin and the health benefits of purple foods are not to be missed.

rainbow smoothies

Amazing Health benefits

Each color indicates a different combination of nutrients which provides its own range of health benefits, including protection against cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Antioxidants also hold countless anti-aging properties and many doctors believe the health benefits of a rainbow diet can add years to your life.

Eat a rainbow of fresh foods

The soup and smoothie diet is based on consuming a rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables. The more colors we eat, the more likely we are to be getting the range of nutrients vital for good health.

Try these healthy soup recipes or some healthy fruit smoothie recipes to ensure you incorporate the recommended number of servings into your daily diet in a way that is satisfying and simple to prepare.

And in addition to optimizing your health you're bound to lose weight too. Research demonstrates that when our bodies are properly nourished we feel more satisfied and this reduces cravings for empty, carbs and junk foods with little nutritional value.

5 - 9 Daily Servings of Fruit and Veg

You can never eat too many rainbow foods.

The American Cancer Society now recommends eating five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables each day. If you follow the soup and smoothie diet you will be eating different varieties of fruit and vegetables each day, benefiting from a host of nutrients essential for good health.

Healthy Soup Recipes

Healthy Fruit Smoothie Recipes

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