And I don’t mean Skittles! Phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants. Phytonutrients give plants their pigmentation, which simply means the more colors you eat, the more phytonutrients for your body. A good way to tell whether a fruit or a vegetable is rich in phytonutrients is by the depth and intensity of its color. That’s why we are encourage to eat the more saturated dark green leafy greens, red, yellow, green and orange sweet bell pepper and purple eggplant, plums, and grapes, among others.
Phytonutrient-rich foods include not only fruit and vegetables rich in hue, but also legumes, nuts, tea, whole grains and many spices. They can provide significant health benefits for the human body.
So what’s under the rainbow?
Red—flavonoids & lycopene
Healthy heart and strong memory
Tomatoes, strawberries, cherries, apples, red peppers, watermelon, etc.
Yellow & Orange—beta-carotene
Healthy eyes and good immune function
Carrots, oranges, pineapple, sweet potatoes, mangoes, pumpkins, cantaloupes, etc.
Green—chlorophyll, carotenoids, isothiocyanates
Healthy bones, teeth and eyes
Spinach, green peas, cucumbers, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, asparagus, etc.
Blue & Purple—anthocyanin
Healthy aging and strong memory
Eggplant, blueberries, purple grapes, purple cabbage, figs, beets, dark beans, etc.
Healthy heart and hood cholesterol levels
Onion, garlic, ginger, chives, mushrooms, jicama, etc.
Easiest guarantee to get all the nutrients a body needs is by following the yellow brick road to somewhere over the rainbow!
….”what I like best…,” and then he had to stop and think. Because Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. ~A.A. Milne
In my world, we call this infinite spacious place in time that really lasts only a few seconds our Self. The unbroken, whole, and complete aspect of our being that we are reminded of in moments of sweet bliss – like Pooh’s Eating Honey experiences. Self appears in meditation, when we hug, see a spectacular piece of Nature, or basking in the love of someone dear. Even puppy breath and wobbly new kittens can evoke Self.
Four qualities and characteristics of Self energy are compassion, clarity, connection, and curiosity. I can just see Pooh now, eyeing that jar of honey, imagining what it would be like when honey meets his tongue, remembering the feeling of past indulgences, fantasizing the event even before it’s real. Curiously in awe and wonder of that moment about to be.
Self is an innate gift and inherent quality of our being. I’m curious how you perceive these qualities in your life:
Spend some time in meditation and reflection. Let me know – I’m eager to hear…….
Ready to leap from a plant-based foundation in 2017? This recipe is ready to take you on a colorful journey. Prep time is about 20 minutes, for all the chopping, yet it yields enough for a couple of meals. Thumbs up worth it!
4 cups Brussels’ sprouts, thinly sliced
2 cups red cabbage, finely chopped
1 red Honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced and halved
1 carrot, grated
2 large celery stalks, finely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
8 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise (make your own if Paleo)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste.
In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, apple, carrot, celery, and walnuts.
Pour the dressing and toss well until well combined.