10 Reasons to Eat Orange and Yellow Fruits and Veggies

It’s still National Nutrition Month and as eating right with color continues, so does the food color phenomenon here on A Healthier Michigan.

You’ve read about green and red, now it’s time to learn about what orange and yellow fruits and vegetables do for your body.

Packed with Nutrients

These bright-colored fruits and vegetables contain zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene, which is vitamin A.

The nutrients help our bodies in many different ways, from our eyes to our bones:

  1. Aids in eye health and reduces the risk of macular degeneration of the eye
  2. Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
  3. Lowers blood pressure
  4. Lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol)
  5. Promotes healthy joints
  6. Promotes collagen formation
  7. Fights harmful free radicals in the body
  8. Encourages pH balance of the body
  9. Boosts immune system
  10. Builds healthier bones by working with calcium and magnesium

Try These

There are so many orange and yellow fruits, such as:

Just to name a few. Also, we can’t forget about veggies:

  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Butternut, acorn and summer squash
  • Corn
  • Orange and yellow peppers, and
  • Yellow beets

Don’t forget about herbs like ginger that also share this color. So as you can see, there is no shortage in the array of fruits and vegetables we can choose with these sunshine hues.

Do you have any favorite recipes that include these foods? I love recipe swapping, so here are a few from me to you.

  1. Lemony Chickpea Bruschetta
  2. Beet Salad with Tangerines
  3. Gingery Sweet Potato Soup
  4. Roasted Squash Soup with Maple Glazed Bananas
  5. Root Vegetable Gratin
  6. Pumpkin Lasagne
  7. Stuffed Yellow Peppers with Spicy Swiss Chard
  8. Yogurt and Apricot Pie
  9. White Chocolate Citrus Parfait
  10. Carmelized Banana Tart

Don’t forget portion control, especially with these dessert recipes.

Have you eaten a rainbow of colors today? Share them here. Bon Appetit!

Photo Credit:  Brenda Anderson

About Grace Derocha

Grace Derocha is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and certified health coach. She loves helping others learn how to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. Grace was born and raised in Michigan. She is a wife, mommy, Spartan, and avid Detroit sports fan. She loves food, music, dancing, shopping, reading, and smiling.
 
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