When you eat the rainbow, you get a rainbow of nutrients and health benefits. In this occasional series, we’ve been discussing what each color of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple – has to offer and how you can incorporate more of these colorful foods into your routines.
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On the Sunny Side
Yellow fruits and vegetables get their cheerful hues largely from lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids are beneficial for eye, brain, heart and skin health. Yellow-colored foods are also high in vitamins A and C, potassium and other important antioxidants and bioflavonoids, all of which boost immune function and protect against disease.
Here’s a small sample of just how powerful these foods can be:
- Daily pineapple consumption has been shown to improve cholesterol, cardiac risk ratio and liver enzyme activity. (Pineapple is also a good source of bromelain which helps with digestion.)
- Bananas are rich in polyphenolic extracts that protect against cancer and inhibit the production of nitric oxide.
- Consuming 2 golden kiwis per day has been found to reduce fat mass, regulate inflammation and improve blood pressure.
Sunshine on a Plate
The color yellow is synonymous with hope, happiness and cheerfulness. A pop of yellow instantly makes us feel more optimistic and energetic.
Peruse the list below to brighten up your day with yellow and try some new ones that aren’t typically in your rotation. As always, remember that our bodies thrive on variety! (Hint: While most of these are delicious eaten raw, click on the table for links to some recipe inspiration.)
1 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 celery ribs, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
3-4 small yellow potatoes, peeled and diced
2-3 yellow summer squash, cut into half moons
2 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1 tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
2 cups vegetable broth
14 oz can full fat coconut milk
salt, to taste
green onions, diced (for garnish, optional)
- Heat oil over medium heat in a soup pot. Once hot, add onion and sauté until soft, 3-5 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds.
- Add celery, bell pepper, potatoes, squash and corn. Stir to combine and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, paprika and crushed red pepper, stirring to combine.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through. Remove from heat.
- Blend soup in pot with an immersion or stick blender or transfer soup to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- Taste and add salt as needed. Top with diced green onions, if desired.