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Give Your Health a Boost! Eat the Rainbow

Want to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Have more power than a locomotive? Run faster than a speeding bullet?

Personally, I just want to take a walk around the neighborhood without feeling winded, but my five-year-old? He is convinced that someday he will grow into a world-saving, cape-wearing super hero and I use this to my advantage.

Everyone knows that to become big and strong first you have to eat your fruits and vegetables. I tell him this everyday and even though those carrots he eats reluctantly may not give him x-ray vision the carotenoids they contain that give them their bright color do promote healthy vision.

In fact, one of the best ways to ensure you and your super-kid stay healthy is to make sure you’re filling your plate with foods that span the colors of the rainbow. Have a look at the health benefits eating food of each color can bring:


  • Red 1 of 5
    Red
    Want a simple way to lower your risk of everything from cancer to cataracts? Foods that are red in color are rich in antioxidants which have been shown to promote health across a wide variety of illnesses. Find them in fruits and vegetables like strawberries, guava, pink grapefruit, tomatoes, watermelon, and red bell peppers.
  • Orange 2 of 5
    Orange
    Who hasn't heard of the healing powers of Vitamin C? Get your daily dose in foods like sweet potatoes, oranges, cantaloupe, and carrots. Bonus! Vitamin C has also been shown to prevent wrinkles.
  • Yellow 3 of 5
    Yellow
    Yellow foods get their color from carotenoids which has been shown to lower the chance of arthritis and lung disease by decreasing inflammation in the joints and improving the function of the respiratory system. Put a little yellow on your plate with foods like bananas, corn, pineapple, and yellow squash or bell peppers.
  • Green 4 of 5
    Green
    Adding a little green to your plate will ensure you are getting your daily dose of protein, fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamins C and K. Eating plenty of green will strengthen muscles and bones as well as keep your vision healthy. Get a little green with lettuce, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, kale, spinach, green peas, and more. Nature has no shortage of tasty green foods.
  • Blue, indigo, violet 5 of 5
    Blue, indigo, violet
    Foods that are blue or purple get their color from antioxidants which are known to boost cardiovascular health and improve short-term memory. For a little something blue, indigo, or violet try blueberries, plums, eggplant, blackberries, or beets.

Psst! Want an easy way to get a little red, green, and blue into your diet? Try the new Berry Almond Chicken Salad at Wendy’s. I’ve had it twice for lunch this week and it was delicious.

A big thanks to Wendy’s for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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