Increase Your Energy, Strength, And Immunity Using The Power of Colorful Plant Foods

Increase Your Energy, Strength, And Immunity Using The Power of Colorful Plant Foods

January is a wonderful time for you to set a goal to achieve vibrant health and wellness in 2012! Your plan for getting healthy should include eating whole foods that are both healing and nutritious.

 

Our bodies need a high level of key nutrients to maintain optimum health. Make 2012 the year that you commit to eating more antioxidant-rich colorful plant foods on a daily basis to increase your energy, strength, and immunity along with maximizing your intake of key nutrients.

 

Following this plan will help you to achieve and maintain a healthy and normal body weight along with improving your health.

 

Eating colorful plant foods will fill your body with phytochemicals aka phytonutrients, protein, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

 

Phytochemicals are chemicals that plants create to protect themselves from damage caused by UV radiation, insects, photosynthesis, and animals. These chemicals are also responsible for the color or pigment in plants. Phytonutrients act as antioxidants which protect our bodies against free radical damage and degenerative diseases.

 

Leafy greens also contain high levels of chlorophyll which is the plasma and green pigment of the plant which is a potent blood builder. Plant foods are nutrient-dense which will help your body feel satisfied and full for longer periods of time versus eating processed foods that are low in nutrients and will cause you to overeat and experience cravings.

 

I have created a list of some of my favorite plant foods and broken them down by color to make it easy for you to start eating a wide variety of different colors of plant foods on a daily basis. Use this list as a guide when you go to purchase these plant foods from your local farmers’ markets or grocery stores.

 

 Increase Your Energy, Strength, And Immunity Using The Power of Colorful Plant Foods

 
Green: Avocados, Apples, Arugula, Asparagus, Artichokes, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Broccoli Rabe, Brussel Sprouts, Basil, Cilantro, Cabbage, Chard, Cucumbers, Celery, Chives, Collard Greens, Dandelion Greens, Dill, Edamame, Escarole, Fennel, Fava Beans, Green Beans, Green Grapes, Green Bell Pepper, Green Onion, Green Tea, Green Tomatoes, Green Olives, Green Chili Peppers, Herbs, Hemp, Honeydew Melon, Jalapeño, Kale, Kiwi, Limes, Lettuce, Leeks, Mache, Mustard Greens, Marjoram, Mint, Okra, Oregano, Parsley, Pumpkin Seeds, Pears, Pistachios, Romaine, Spring Peas, Rosemary, Sugar Snap Peas, Spinach, Sprouts, Sea Vegetables, Sage, Squash, Sorrel, Tomatillos, Thyme,  Zucchini.

 

Red: Apples, Beets, Cherries, Cranberries, Currants, Goji Berries, Pomegranates, Red Peppers, Radishes, Raspberries, Red Grapes, Red Pears, Red Carrots, Red Cabbage, Red Chard, Red Lentils, Red Quinoa, Red Okra, Red Miso, Red Onion, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon.

 

Orange: Apricots, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cantaloupe, Chrysanthemums, Grapefruit, Mango, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Nectarines, Papaya, Persimmon, Oranges, Orange Beets, Orange Bell Peppers, Orange Cauliflower, Orange Tomatoes, Peaches, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Tangerines, Turmeric Root, Yams.

 

Purple/Blue: Acai Berries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Blue Corn, Eggplant, Figs, Purple Cauliflower, Plums, Purple Pole Beans, Purple Cabbage, Purple Potatoes, Purple Asparagus, Purple Grapes, Radicchio.

 

Yellow: Apples, Banana, Bell Peppers, Cauliflower, Corn, Daikon, Lemon, Pine Nuts, Pineapple, Potatoes, Plantains, Rutabagas, Summer Squash, Golden Flax Seeds, Garlic, Millet, Onions, Yellow Bell Peppers, Yellow Mangos, Yellow Grapefruit, Yellow Split Peas, Yellow Wax Beans, Yellow Watermelon.

 

Brown/Light Brown: Almonds, Burdock Root, Beans, Buckwheat, Chickpeas, Cashews, Cacao Nibs/Powder, Coconut, Celery Root, Dates, Figs, Flax Seeds, Garlic, Ginger, Hazelnuts, Jicama, Mushrooms, Miso, Oats, Parsnips, Pecans, Quinoa, Sea Vegetables, Walnuts.

 

Black: Black Garlic, Beluga Lentils, Black Chia Seeds, Blackberries, Black Sesame Seeds, Black Olives, Black Beans, Black Walnuts, Black Quinoa, Black Dates, Black Soybeans, Black Radishes, Black Mushrooms, Black Tea, Black Figs, Poppy Seeds, Raisins, Sea Vegetables.

 

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Comments

  1. My wife just came back from Morocco and has been getting me addicted to Cucumber salads. We have been having many a meal around the concept. It is healthy, tastes great, and fills you up. Great post on some foods we can definitely add to our list.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Andy, I love cucumber salads they are so refreshing. Two of my favorite cucumbers are the persian cucumber and the lemon cucumber. I hope you try all the different varieties of fruits and vegetables I listed. You will love them 🙂

  2. The interesting thing, to me, about plant foods is their virtually limitless phytonutrient composition. Most of us have long been aware of essential nutrients in various foods, but their is an endless universe of phytonutrients that scientists have not even explored yet. It’s like exploring newly found galaxies, and trying to understand their meaning in the scheme of things.

    Thanks for the great list, Shelley.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi David, you are so right about phytonutrients in plant foods. I made the list so people will step outside their comfort zone of eating the same familar foods and try some new colorful varieties that are wonderful and filled with fantastic nutrients. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Hi Shelly,

    Thanks for the great list of colorful plant foods. Your image is breathtaking! I participated in a personal development group and one of the branches included health. I stuck with “color foods” the entire time and I continue to keep as many in my diet as possible. I love vegetables and fruit so it isn’t too difficult for me. One thing I notice about eating this way is I don’t crave sugar at all! What a nice benefit in addition to the powerful nutritional value they provide. This was a great read. Thanks!

    Raena Lynn
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Raena, I’m so glad you like the list and picture. I love plant foods too! Colorful plant foods are so nutrient-rich and they really help with cravings for sugar. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing this article! I find it really inspiring and motivational! 🙂

  5. Hi Shelley,
    thank you so much for the great post and list.

    I love your explanation of phytonutrients!
    We are so blessed that these plants grow from tiny seed into something that can benfit us.
    Your picture is a beautiful intro to your post.

    Love and Light and Color
    Yorinda
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  6. Teena Nazario says:

    My brother suggested I might like this website. He was totally right. This post truly made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

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