I’m sure you’ve heard the term “eating the rainbow”. The reason nutrition experts try to encourage this is because the more colorful your plate, typically the more nutritious it is as well. We encourage you to eat at least half your plate of fruits and vegetables, a quarter of it protein and the other quarter carbohydrate and fat. The key here is to note that certain colors of food indicate an abundance of specific nutrients. For example, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables (citrus fruits) are abundant in vitamins C and A. Green fruits and veggies (kale, spinach, asparagus, avocado) are high in vitamins K, B, and E. Purple produce on the other hand (eggplant, red cabbage, grapes) are high in vitamins C and K.
The majority of Americans tend to think the more protein “the better,” and will have the opposite plate with half the plate protein, a quarter veggie and a quarter carbohydrate. The more veggies the better! Vegetables are low in calories but high in nutrients and seeing the variety of colors on our plate makes us happy! There are actually a variety of plants that are great sources of protein, such as broccoli, a typical bunch, has about 17g of protein. Proteins do not have to come from animal sources, plant-based sources are easier for humans to digest and better for over all health, while offering antioxidants and phytonutrients that help fight off cancerous cells. Animal based proteins have been linked to increased cancer rates, type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. So I dare you to try gain weight by eating mostly veggies…I bet you can’t do it: all the while feeling better and happier.
This picture is from our grill, that we ate on for about 3 days! Mmmm