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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