Hey guys, this is my friend Zoe. I asked her to write some posts because we have similar thoughts on cooking and healthy living. If you like what you read, don’t forget to follow her on Snapchat (@thisiszoeabel) and Instagram (@zoeabel).
I like to stay updated on the best things to put in my body, so I read my fair share about eating healthy. It bothers me how one day something is healthy and the next day it’s not. Take soy for example. Experts said regular milk was bad for you and soy was better and now they are saying soy isn’t really that great either and to substitute it for something else. I hateeeeee that. One fact I noticed that has remained the same over the years is that it’s important to eat every color of the rainbow and unfortunately Skittles don’t count. I noticed I subconsciously have been doing this and I didn’t really realize it. My friend Rinata asked the other day why I always get purple cauliflower and purple potatoes. I noticed it had just become a habit. There aren’t a lot of purple foods, so when I have a choice I tend to go for the purple option. I think they look nicer on a plate next to other foods and also I remember once hearing purple potatoes are the healthiest compared to red or white. Sweet potatoes are great too, but they’re not technically a potato! So back to why eating colors is important. Similar colored foods often have them same vitamins and minerals, so it’s important to mix it up so you get a variety. For example, orange foods like carrots and sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A, an essential nutrient. Its antioxidant activity helps protect cells from damage. And we are not damaged goods right?! Depending on your skin type, you can also get a lovely mild tan from eating a few extra servings of these orange or yellow fruits and veggies. Note that I said just a few extra servings! Don’t over due it with that horse food sized bag of carrots and you can get carotenemia, a skin disorder that will turn the skin on your palms and the bottom of your feet orange. Along with that not being cute, it’s a pretty serious condition.
Here’s a list of my favorite fruits and vegetables by color. Try eating one of each color every day and change it up with some things on this list that you have never tried. I’ll start posting some recipes on here using different colored fruits and veggies so check back soon! Eating healthy isn’t boring if you keep it interesting with different foods.
Yellow Summer Squash