How colorful are your meals? A variety of colorful fruits and vegetables should take center-stage on your family’s plates – for increased nutrient benefits, and a punch of fresh flavor! Get started with key information and advice from our nutritional experts.
What kinds of colorful foods are there?
There’s a virtual rainbow of antioxidant-rich, health-benefiting phytonutrients (or plant nutrients) packed into the vibrant colors of most fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas. So you’ll have plenty of options to choose from for your family meals.
What are the benefits of colorful foods?
Colorful fruits and veggies give you a delicious array of flavors and textures, along with the important vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients you need for optimal health.
- Jessica Gavin, senior research scientist for the Nutrilite™ brand at Amway
Here are some of the benefits of different colored fruits and vegetables:
- Purple and blue fruits and vegetables help support brain health.
- Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are great for supporting eye and vision health!
- Green fruits and vegetables can support heart and cellular health.
- Red fruits and vegetables also support heart health along with DNA health and prostrate health (for men).
- White fruits and vegetables benefit your bones, circulatory health and arterial function.
So how can I help my family eat these colorful, phytonutrient-rich foods?
Try these four ways to make your family meals more colorful:
- Visit a farmer’s market. “You’ll find the most phytonutrient-rich, in-season fruits and vegetables there,” says Jessica.
- Let your kids choose one new fruit or vegetable – and create a recipe together. “Kids are more open to trying new things if they’re involved in buying and cooking their food,” she explains.
- Blend vegetables into soups and smoothies. Toss steamed cauliflower into soup to power-pack it with important phytonutrients. Blend berries and a banana into a smoothie for a powerhouse breakfast or after-school snack.
- Set a good example. When kids see Mom and Dad eating a variety of colorful fruits and veggies every day, they’re more likely to do so as well.
Of course, it’s challenging to eat at least five servings (400 grams) of colorful fruits and vegetables every day, as recommended by the World Health Organization. To fill nutrient gaps, consider a supplement rich with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
For the adults: Nutrilite™ Double X™ Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient Supplement, which has 20 plant concentrates, along with important vitamins and minerals.
For the kids: Nutrilite™ Kids Chewable Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables, which has phytonutrients equivalent to amounts found in 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables!