Have you ever heard the phrase eat the rainbow? Each color in our fruits, vegetables, and herbs contain a unique combination of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are naturally occurring chemicals in plants that help protect plants from threats such as germs, fungi, and bugs. It turns out that phytonutrients are protective to us as well. To ensure that you are eating a variety of phytonutrients, it is important to eat all of the different colors of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue/black/purple, and white/tan/brown.
When you walk through the isles of the grocery store, I encourage you to try a new fresh food each week and try to pick different varietals and colors of the foods you buy all the time. Think purple cauliflower, yellow carrots, green, yellow, and red apples, lemon yellow cucumbers…I am curious what colorful new fruits and vegetables are you trying this fall?