Vegetables and fruits are beautiful; we are so fortunate to live on this amazing planet that provides us with this fantastic source of pure energy and life! You have heard about eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies, but why? What do those colors do for you? Each color represents a vital phytonutrient, “scientists estimate that there may be as many as 10,000 different phytochemicals having the potential to affect diseases such as cancerstroke or metabolic syndrome“. Read this, and then add some color to your plate at every meal! The farmers market is a great place to find all the colors you need. Organic is best, but if buying organic is out of your budget, then choose to buy more fruits and veggies that you can peel as they are less affected by pesticides. For lots of veggie recipe ideas click here. 

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Chart sourced from Sheer Balance and the book 52 Small Changes

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ColorPhytonutrientVegetablesWhat it Does
RedAnthocyanins
Lycopene
Beets
Radicchio
Radishes
Red Pepper
Rhubarb
Tomatoes*
  • Keeps urinary tracts healthy
  • Maintains a healthy heart
  • Boosts memory
  • Lowers risk of cancer
Yellow / OrangeBioflavonoids
Carotenoids
Vitamin C
Butternut Squash
Carrots
Pumpkin
Summer squash
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potatoes
Yellow Beets
Yellow Peppers
Yellow Squash
Yellow Tomatoes
  • Keep immune system strong
  • Supports eye function and health
  • Lowers risk of cancer
  • Lowers risk of heart disease
GreenCalcium
Indoles
Iron
Lutein
Magnesium
Artichokes
Arugula
Asparagus
Broccoli
Broccoli Rabe Brussels Sprouts
Celery
Chinese Cabbage Cucumbers
Endive
Green Beans
Green Cabbage
Green Peppers
Leafy Greens
Leeks
Green Onions
Okra
Peas
Snow Peas
Sugar Snap Peas
Spinach
Watercress
Zucchini
  • Supports eye function and health
  • Lowers risk of cancer
  • Maintains strong bones and teeth
Blue / PurpleAnthocyanins
Phenolics
Eggplant
Purple Cabbage
Purple Belgian Endive
Purple Peppers
Purple Potatoes
Red Cabbage
Red Onion
  • Lower risk of cancers
  • Good for urinary tract health
  • Improves memory function
  • Helps to fight effects of aging
White / Tan / BrownAllicinCauliflower
Jerusalem Artichokes
Jicama
Mushrooms
Onions
Parsnips
Potatoes
Shallots
Turnips
White Corn
  • Promotes heart health
  • Lowers risk for cancer