Add Some Color to Your Diet

Today we’ve got Alex Casini, a NASM certified trainer working at Equinox in Los Angeles, with certifications from Precision Nutrition and from the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, here to talk about an easy-to-remember way to upgrade your diet!

A lifestyle that incorporates an abundance of fruits and vegetables is the best for preventing chronic diseases and giving you more energy to attack your day. It has been researched time and time again that the more color the better. Different colors of the rainbow provide different nutrients and antioxidants for optimal function and protection against diseases. Fruits and vegetables have also been shown to provide phytochemicals, which could protect against cancer.

Here are some tips on how to add some color to your diet!

  • Buy a variety of fruit and vegetables when you shop, so you have plenty of choices
  • Use fruits and vegetables that go bad quickly first and save others or freeze goods for later in the week
  • Stock up on frozen vegetables that are easy to cook
  • Keep fruits and vegetables where you can see them because you will be more likely to enjoy them
  • Have a bowl of cut up vegetables in the refrigerator
  • Keep a fruit bowl on your counter table or desk at work
  • Make a big tossed salad with several colors
  • Have a beautiful piece of fruit for dessert

Want to add some color? Try these options!

RED
Red Apples
Red Bell Pepper
Cherries
Cranberries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Radishes
Raspberries

DARK GREEN
Artichoke
Asparagus
Green Bell Pepper
Broccoli
Brussels
Sprouts
Chard
Collard Greens
Cucumbers
Green Beans

YELLOW/LIGHT GREEN
Apples
Avocado
Banana
Yellow Bell Peppers
Bok Choy
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celery
Fennel
Kiwi
Lemons
Limes

ORANGE
Apricots
Orange Bell Peppers
Butternut Squash
Mangoes
Oranges
Papaya
Pumpkin
Sweet
Potatoes

PURPLE
Beets
Blueberries
Currants
Purple Cabbage
Eggplant
Red Onions
Grapes

Want a quick and easy colorful recipe? Try one of my favorite simple ways to add some color!

Mexican Bowl

What you need:
• 4oz of chicken breast
• 3 Tbsp. of Pico de Gallo
• 1 orange pepper
• 1 cup of kale
• ¼ cup of red onion
• ½ brown rice
• ½ cup of pinto beans
• ¼ avocado
• ½ Tbsp. of chili powder
• 1 Tsp. of cumin

Steps:
1. Top chicken with chili powder and cumin and bake for 30 mins at 350 degrees.
2. Chop the rest of the ingredients
3. Mix it all in a bowl and enjoy!

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