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Keep a Balanced Diet With a Variety of Foods

Updated on April 8, 2009

Healthy Diet

When figuring out the most nutritional diet for you and your family, you want to make it a varied diet.

By serving foods of different colors, you will providing a nutritional diet.

It may sound a little goofy, but you need to strive to eat the rainbow, filling your table with brightly colored foods.

Different colored foods serve for different purposes. For example, dark green foods tend to be high in calcium. So, but offering foods of different colors, you're offering your family foods that have essential vitamins and minerals.

Foods of Color

When trying to find foods to put on the table, you want to keep it varied. With your turkey, rice, and gravy, serve a salad with green lettuce, red tomatoes, orange carrots, and purple cabbage. For the kids, you may consider green broccoli and yellow summer squash.

Consider some of the following fruits and vegetables as a part of the rainbow you want to strive to feed your family.

  • Red: Apples (with the skin), cherries, strawberries, watermelon, red potatoes (with the skin), tomatoes, radishes, raspberries, red bell peppers, cranberries
  • Orange: Oranges, peaches, sweet potatoes, carrots
  • Yellow: Bananas, summer squash, wax beans, pears, lemons, yellow bell peppers, pineapple, grapefruit, melon
  • Green: Avocado, green beans, zucchini, mango, papaya, collard greens, spinach, broccoli, cucumber, English peas, limes, kiwi, green bell peppers
  • Blue: Blueberries
  • Purple: Grapes, eggplant, cabbage, blackberries

Although, it may be hard to incorporate purple and blue foods into your family's daily diet, you can still include the other colors of the rainbow.

Eat Healthy

In order to feed your family a healthy diet, you want to keep with these bright foods. Most of these brightly colored foods are considered "Super Foods" because they are packed with antioxidants and other essentials that aid the human body.

For example:

  • Blueberries are high in vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants
  • Broccoli is high in vitamin C, antioxidants, folate, and indol-3-carbinol
  • Cranberries contain proanthocyanadins, which prevents bacteria like e-coli from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract
  • Pineapple and other yellow foods can help boost the immune system, keeping infections at bay
  • Tomatoes contain lycopene, which prevents certain forms of cholesterol that can damage the cardiovascular system

By eating brightly colored foods on the regular, you are ensuring that you and your family are getting a good amount of antioxidants, which help prevent disease to the cardiovascular system and cleans up free radicals in the body. By feeding your family a varied diet of brightly colored foods, you ensure that they get the essential vitamins and minerals that they need to play sports, participate in the school pageant, and present that important business project.


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      fishskinfreak2008 9 years ago from Fremont CA

      Very nice colors