Why eat as much colour as possible?
Eating the rainbow of different colored fruits and vegetables is a fundamentally healthy way to eat. This isn’t just another fad diet like only eating white food or the grapefruit diet. Our bodies need a variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to stay healthy, and nature has color coded these for us.
Pack your plate full of colour and boost your daily intake of important, and often overlooked, nutrients.
Colourful foods, which are generally fruits and vegetables, contain many of the vitamins and antioxidants we need – with few calories. Along with maintaining good health, the nutrients in vegetables and fruits work together to protect against cancer, heart disease, vision loss, hypertension and other diseases. Increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet is a great step to improving your health.
Here at Temple of Strength we will give you a lowdown of colours and their benefits and these colours can be found in our weekly meal prep that we provide!
Red fruit and vegetables
Red fruits and vegetables protect our hearts. Red colour in most fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and high cholesterol. They also lower the risk of developing different types of cancer, including prostate cancer and protect against heart diseases and improve brain function.
Red Vegetables: tomatoes, radishes, red cabbage, beetroot
Red Fruits: red grapes, strawberries, watermelon, cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, cranberries, red apples
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Blue and Purple fruit and vegetables
Blue and purple fruits and vegetables help prevent heart disease, stroke and cancer. Blue and purple fruits and vegetables are very important for your memory and promote healthy aging. This food also protects urinary tract health and regulates healthy digestion.
Blue and Purple Vegetables: eggplant, purple cabbage, purple potatoes
Blue and Purple Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes, plums, raisins, figs.
Orange and Yellow fruit and vegetables
Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients that are known to protect your nervous system promote eye health and prevent heart diseases. They also play an important role in maintaining skin health, boosting your immune system and helping build strong bones.
Orange and Yellow Vegetables: carrots, pumpkin, sweet corn, sweet potato, yellow pepper, yellow tomatoes
Orange and Yellow Fruits: yellow apples, apricots, oranges, grapefruit, peaches, mangoes, papaya, pears, pineapple
Green fruit and vegetables
Green fruits and vegetables protect your eye health, lowering the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Green leafy vegetables also contain folic acid which is very important for pregnant women as it reduces the risk that their baby will develop a birth defect. The essential nutrients found in green vegetables and fruits protect you from cancer and high levels of bad cholesterol, regulate digestion and improve immune system functioning.
Green Vegetables: broccoli, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, green beans, cucumbers, courgette, peas, green pepper
Green Fruits: green apples, kiwi, green grapes, lime, avocado
White fruits and vegetables contain nutrients known to lower the level of bad cholesterol in your body as well as lower high blood pressure. They also have a great immune boosting effect on your body. Nutrients found in white fruits and vegetables minimize the risk of colon, prostate and breast cancer as well.
White fruit and vegetables
White Vegetables: potatoes, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, turnips
White Fruits: bananas, white nectarines, white peaches, pears
Place your order by Friday and pick up your order Monday from the studio in Penge or get it delivered if you live in Croydon.
We are located on Penge High Street between 2 train stations. Penge East and Penge West are just a 2- 7 minute walking distance to our studio. With frequent bus service from Sydenham, Crystal Palace, Anerley and Beckenham stopping right outside the studio.