BENEFITS OF EATING THE RAINBOW

Mother Nature has provided foods with different colors for a reason. Each color provides vital nutrients that are needed for our bodies to properly function.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

We need at least 9-13 servings of different colored whole vegetables and fruits daily. To achieve this, include fruits and vegetables at each meal. An easy way to do this is add veggies to an omelet or make a smoothie to have with your morning breakfast or as a snack. There is enough variety in each category that will allow you to stay away from foods that you may not tolerate or like and still get the benefits.

YOUR LIVING FIT CHALLENGE

In the next month, expand your palate by trying different foods from each color group.  Use this handy chart for variety, nutrition and benefits of each color food group. 

Donna Bacchi, MD, MPH has over 30 years of clinical experience improving patient health and wellbeing using a broad- based approach that focuses on the four pillars of wellness- nutrition, physical activity, stress reduction and mindfulness.  She currently resides in Southport, NC.  There she is on the Brunswick County Health Advisory Board, is a co-chair of the Way to Wellness Initiative, and sees clients looking to improve their health by addressing the root causes using the four pillars of wellness.

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