Eat Your Colors: The Best Healthy Foods
Summer isn’t just about looking good – it’s important to remain feeling good too. A lot of people believe that exercise is the number one promoter of a healthy mind & body. While exercise is always recommended in order to remain in shape – a healthy diet is a necessity to help maintain or improve your overall health. Healthy eating isn’t about strict dietary restrictions or depriving yourself of the foods you love, it’s about feeling great & having more energy. You are what you eat, so it’s important to eat healthy (especially in the summer) if you’d like to fully enjoy it. In order to help, we’ve collected our favorite fruits & vegetables so that you pick the best options for a healthy and delicious diet.
– Red –
Tomatoes help improve your skin, hair, & vision with the all different vitamins they contain.
If the sweet & refreshing taste of watermelon isn’t enough to convince you to stock up on this filling fruit than maybe its nutritional value will. Watermelons contain a high amount of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, & a low amount of calories.
Typically known as a “dessert” fruit, however, they have a healthy side too. Cherries have several antioxidants & are known for their natural melanin, helping regulate our sleep cycles.
– Orange –
Aka the “ultimate health food.” Evidence suggests that carrots reduce cancer & cardiovascular disease risks. These bright veggies are great to munch on raw, however, you can also saute them with butter to add more flavor.
With their juicy, sweet taste & a high concentration of vitamin C – oranges are the perfect summer snack. A whole orange contains only about 85 calories.
This soft, buttery fruit used to be considered quite exotic, however, today they can be found in supermarkets year round. Papain (an enzyme in the papaya tree) helps digest proteins & is also extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements.
– Yellow –
Lemons are another great source of vitamin C while the amount per serving is an impressive 187% of the daily value required. A healthy accent to a salad or chicken dish, used for juicing.
Yellow corn is filled with lutein and zeaxanthin, which promote healthy vision. Corn is also a great source of fiber & also in its prime during summer.
The perfect balance of bitter & sweet, this tropical fruit improves respiratory health in addition to curing coughs/colds, reducing inflammation, fighting infections & improving the immune system.
– Green –
Kiwis are high in nutrients & low in calories. Studies show that this deliciously bitter fruit can decrease the risk of obesity. Kiwi also provides benefit for your skin, heart health, & sleep.
Kale the “Queen of Greens,” is low in calories, high in fiber, & has zero fat. Kale is also a great detox food – loaded with high fiber & sulfur to keep your liver healthy. For those of you who don’t like the taste of plain kale, it is also great in smoothies & is a nice base for a salad.
Zucchini is one of the most popular summer squashes in America & Europe due to its great source of potassium & aid in lowering heart & blood pressure. Zucchini is a low-calorie vegetable & contains no saturated fat or cholesterol.
– Blue & Purple –
The sweet & succulent taste of blueberries makes them a great summer treat. Many studies have shown that the consumption of blueberries decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, & heart disease while promoting a healthy complexion & an increase in energy.
Blackberries are tasty & dense in nutrients providing cognitive benefits & aiding in enhancing memory, weight management, bone strength, healthy skin, & improved vision.
Besides its unique taste & texture, the eggplant is a great brain food. Research shows that eggplants contain Nasunin – a potent antioxidant that protects cell membranes from damage.