Are you getting your 5 a day? Or even better 8-10 a day?
Fresh fruit and vegetables are packed with minerals, vitamins and fibre, they are great for your body and mind.
But there is a little more to it than just piling your plate high with your favourite veg.
If you only eat carrots by the bucket load, you might get the equivalent of 5 a day in volume but you won’t be getting the full range of nutrients found by eating a wide variety of different veggies.
So, remember, you need to vary what you eat too.
Eat the rainbow might sound like a cliche but it really is what you need to do. The different coloured fruits and veggies contain different nutrients, so by eating all the colours you can get all the goodness.
Not just your vitamins and minerals but a whole host of phytochemicals can be found in colourful foods. Here are just a few examples:
Purple / blue – Anthocyanins
Anthocyanins are powerful anti-oxidants that protect your cells from free-radical damage, helping you to look and feel younger.
Anthocyanins can be found in blueberries, red cabbage, aubergines.
Orange – Beta carotene
Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A and helps to keep your eyes healthy. It’s also important for your immune system too.
Used by the body to make hormones (and hormones regulate everything)
Beta carotene can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, squash.
Red – Lycopene
Another powerful antioxidant and, better still, research indicates that lycopene has even more protective properties than other antioxidants.
Found in red foods such as tomatoes and watermelon.
There you have a tiny snapshot of the ways that these phytonutrients can help you to feel vibrantly healthy but there are so many more benefits too.
Up for a challenge?
How many different fruits and veggies do you eat in a typical week?
If it’s less then 10 varieties I’ll throw out a little challenge to you.
Can you make it to 20 different fruits and vegetables during the next week?
And why not pop over to the facebook page to share how you get on.