Last week I introduced you to the idea of “Eating a Rainbow“. As a brief review, eating the rainbow means consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables from 5 different color groups to ensure you get all of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients you need to keep you healthy.
This week we are exploring the GREEN group of fruits and vegetables.
Green fruits and veggies are loaded with health enhancing compounds including:
- Lutein-an antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation, fight cancer, and protect the eye from damage from the sun, blue light, cataracts, and macular degeneration
- Folate-also known as vitamin B-9, an important factor in red blood cell formation, health cell development, treating depression, and preventing birth defects
- Vitamin K-a vitamin necessary in the clotting of blood
- Isothiocyanate-a group of phytonutrients that help fight the effects of carcinogens, cancer causing agents
- Chlorophyll-a powerful antioxidant
- Insoluble Fiber-helps support a healthy digestive system
It is important to remember that some vitamins, minerals, and other compounds found in these fruits and vegetables can interfere with certain medical conditions and medications, so it is best to talk to your medical professional about which green fruits and veggies are safe for you to include in your diet.
Fruits and vegetables in the green color group can help prevent cancer, reduce inflammation in the body, support healthy digestion, promote eye health, and boost the immune system. They are a delicious addition to your daily diet and add 1-2 servings per day can help ensure you meet the minimum daily requirement for 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Check out these recipes designed to help you add more green to your diet: