As a Registered Dietitian, I tend to get many questions daily. What should I eat? Are “carbs” bad for you? How do I lose weight? One of my favorite questions: What is the healthiest fruit or vegetable to eat? I love this question because it’s easy to answer: ALL of them!
Eat More Colors
We know that fruits and vegetables come in all the colors of the rainbow. Each of those colors represents different nutrients that aid your body in many ways. For example, if you only eat an apple every day, you are missing out on the nutrients that are provided by bananas, oranges, grapes, etc. So, not only do you want to push yourself to eat MORE daily, eat MORE colors!
3 Colorful Meals Loaded with Fruits & Veggies
- Egg white omelet with your favorite veggies (spinach, tomatoes, and onions are mine!) topped with a slice of reduced-fat cheese
- Fat-free yogurt topped with blueberries
- Whole-grain toast
- Leafy greens topped with tuna salad, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and a lite dressing
- Orange slices
Not only is there a difference in vitamins and minerals among fruits and vegetables, but they also contain compounds called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are found in plant foods and are beneficial to your body in many ways. By eating a variety of fruits and vegetables in different forms (fresh, canned, frozen, and dried) you can be sure you are doing the very best for your body!
6 Phytochemicals and Their Health Benefits
|Phytochemical||Proposed Benefits||Food Sources|
|Anthocyanidins||Blood Vessel Health||Blueberries