ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • fishskinfreak2008 profile image

      fishskinfreak2008 

      10 years ago from Fremont CA

      Very nice colors

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)