Beyond just watching the carbs and fat content in your daily diet, you really could add a boost, not on in your quest to maintain a healthy weight, but also to fight off diseases and give your body some powerful fuel to help it run better and keep you healthy all the way around. The easiest way to do this is to make sure that colorful foods are a regular part of your daily diet. No, I'm not talking about pizza or cotton candy! I'm referring to the colorful veggies rich in antioxidants and other agents that speed and maintain cellular repair, strengthen your immune system, and help to improve all your bodily functions.
Here are a few that should absolutely be on your daily diet list:
Cucumbers, field greens, broccoli, alfalfa, green beans, okra
These foods can contain chlorella, kelp, dulse, green algae and spirulina, just to name a few. These can help eliminate toxins in your body, reduce high blood pressure, give you energy and also improve the look of your skin, hair and nails. Okra contains vitamin B6 and C, fiber, calcium, and folic acid. Stop saying that it's slimy! Just eat it! ;)
Yellow squash, peppers,
Contain querecin and lutein which can help improve your eyesight and also can be anti-inflammatory. Yellow squash contains vitamins B1 and C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and niacin. Yellow peppers are high in bioflavanoids and vitamin C.
Tomatoes, red peppers
Red foods can contain lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant helpful in preventing cancer.
Carrots, oranges, peppers
You can find vitamin A and carotenes (which the body converts into vitamin A). With these you can improve and maintain the health of your eyesight,fight off cancer and also help facilitate enzyme production in the liver and sex organs. Oranges contain betacaortene, folic acid, potassium, thiamin, and vitamin B6, all of which provide innumberable health benefits to the body.
Blueberries, eggplant, grapes
Antioxidants such as anthocyanines found in purple foods can help improve vision and blood circulation. Eggplant is high in fiber and contains potassium, folate, magnesium and niacin as well as copper, manganese and thiamine, and can aid in digestion and protect against heart disease. Grapes contain polyphenols, which can help protect against heart disease.
So put down that drab, brown burger, and get some color on your plate! Aside from being rich in antioxidants and vitamins, these colorful foods can help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your physical appearance and prolong your life!