Colorful fruits and veggies have always been in style, but the most important reason for this is often not recognized. While fresh produce is a low calorie, high fiber and nutrient dense way of fueling yourself, the biggest benefit to consuming ample amounts of fresh produce is to help reverse DNA damage at the cellular level!
Whether it be a sunburn or sore muscles from an intense training session, eating 2-3 colors at each meal can really help to repair and rejuvenate the body at the deepest level. And don’t forget, batch cooking on your least busy day of the week can help make this a simple process. Most foods can be made in advance and frozen for a simple blend or reheat when needed.
Check out the examples below to incorporate more colorful foods into your life:
- Blueberries, bananas, and spinach in a smoothie.
- Blackberries, raspberries and green apples in a smoothie. Beets would also be a nice bonus!
- Kale, mango, and pineapple in a smoothie. (A pinch of coconut is nice too.)
- Pumpkin puree, apricots and banana in your oatmeal. (Blueberries work as well.)
- Chopped yellow pepper and tomatoes tossed in a kale salad.
- Chop, sauté and blend leftover onion, asparagus and potato for a hearty soup.
- Parsnip, butternut squash and turnips in a soup or chopped, sautéed and mixed together as a side.
- Pico de gallo on farm fresh chicken.
- Celery, carrot and onion is always a nice soup base (Honestly, just about any leftover veggies can be made into a soup.
- Add avocado, grilled pineapple and caramelized sweet onion to a grass-fed burger.
- Tomato, avocado, pickled radish or beets on a fish or chicken wrap.
- Add a fruit or veggie kabob as a fun side dish to any of your meals.
Whatever your favorite combo of fruit or veggies may be, make it happen!