Sides: Fruits & Veggies

Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease and offer protection against certain types of cancers.

colorful fruits and veggies

Fruits and veggies are high in fiber and low in fat. Fiber keeps you feeling full longer which is great, because this can help you lower your caloric intake overall.  Fiber also acts like a tiny little scrub brush in your intestines and helps reduce the occurence of constipation.

The amount of fruits and vegetables that you need in any given day depend on your age, gender and physical activity. You can use this handy chart to see what your specific recommendations are.

Almost as important as getting enough fruits and veggies, is getting a variety of fruits and veggies. Mother nature is pretty cool and typically fruits and veggies of similar color have similar nutrients in them! Which means certain color fruits and vegetables help your body in different ways so you want to eat fruits and veggies of all different colors so that you can support your body in the most complete way.

Red fruits and vegetables improve heart and blood health and support healthy joints

Orange fruits and vegetables prevent cancer and promote collagen growth

Yellow fruits and vegetables helps heart, vision, digestion & immune system

Green fruits and vegetables help detoxify your system, help remove free radicals and support your immune system

Blue/Purple fruits and vegetables improve mineral absorption and are powerful antioxidants

White fruits and vegetables activate our natural killer cells and help protect your body from cancer

So you can see if you only eat red apples you body is missing out on all sorts of great stuff!!  So as they say, EAT THE RAINBOW!!

Easy ideas to add Veggie Variety to your life!