With all the recent rain pouring down, you may have seen a rainbow shining bright colors through the summer sky. There is no doubt that everyone loves seeing a rainbow, but did you know that you can eat one too?
Including fruits and vegetables from the 5 different nutrient groups can help add a fun and appealing variety of color, taste and textures to your meals. Not to mention, different colors in produce contain different healthy nutrients like vitamins, minerals, water and phytonutrients that help us fight off diseases.
Did you know that most Americans eat less than half the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day? Here are some helpful tips about the five groups to add more colorful crops to your dishes!
Some may argue that dark green leafy vegetables contain the highest amount of nutrients compared to other produce. They include leafy lettuce like Romaine, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens and spinach.
Orange to Red
These fruits and vegetables add bright and exciting tones to meals and also pack a powerful punch of phytonutrients! They include carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers, pumpkins and butternut squash.
Cooked beans and peas like kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans and refried beans can be a tasty and smooth addition to your diet. Legumes contain high amounts of protein that helps rebuild the body and helps to keep our muscles strong.
Potatoes, corn and peas can help add some energy boosting carbohydrates to meals and are also very tasty!
This group includes all other produce items like cucumbers, celery, onions and mushrooms.
Try making a dish or recipe using vegetables from all the five groups and show us by posting it to social media using the hashtag #DE4HealthyLiving