This means school has started and summer is wrapping up.
This also means I have lived in Houston for a whole year (a very good year), which seems crazy to me.
This year definitely feels like it flew by.
I know how it is to be busy with work or school and to get caught up in the day. Days or weeks end up flying by.
Have you ever wondered at the end of the day what you even ate??!
When life is happening and you're always on the go, sometimes you (and I) forget to enjoy all those healthy fruits and veggies!
SO for this monthly challenge:
I challenge you to add color to you day!
With fruits and vegetables!
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with phytonutrients, which are packed with antioxidants.
Phytonutrients = Antioxidants = A healthier you!
There are many different phytonutrients,
so by eating a colorful diet you will gain many benefits.
Aim for eating something
red, green, and orange every day.
In case the antioxidants aren't enough to convince you.
Let me tell you why you should be eating different colored fruits and vegetables every day....
Carotenoids: Carotenoids make up the colors in your red, orange and yellow fruits and veggies. Carrots, bell peppers, leafy greens, tomatoes, and watermelon all provides benefits such as cancer prevention, boosted immune system and eye health.
Flavonoids: Found in berries, citrus fruits and green tea- these foods (and drink) will provide many different cancer preventative and fighting properties as well as prevent heart disease.
Glucosinolates: These are found in your leafy greens and can help fight cancer development.
Leutin: Also found in your leafy greens.. This helps with age related eye health.
Resveratrol: This antioxidant and anti-inflamtory is found in grapes. It may help you live longer and also reduce your risk of heart disease. Enjoy some red grapes and red wine!!
Ellagic Acid: For all you berry lovers, this phytonutrient is found in many different berries! Ellagic Acid works hard in preventing cancer, preventing development and even killing those bad cells.
So now that you know the many health benefits of adding color to your day-
I hope, actually I challenge, you to eat more fruits and vegetables each and every day.
What fruits and vegetables will you enjoy with this monthly challenge? Let me know :) :)
I currently have some red grapes, spinach, grapefruits and bell peppers at the house
and will be enjoying all of them today!
content- http://www.ars.usda.gov/aboutus/docs.htm?docid=4142 & http://www.webmd.com/diet/phytonutrients-faq
pictures- Grapes: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Vqa7e3IKfO0/T4uX49reltI/AAAAAAAAAJY/1orwM67knlk/s400/red+grapes.jpgKale:http://www.vegkitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/kale.jpgBlue: http://visavape.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/blueberry_mint.jpgStrawberry: http://tasty-dishes.com/data_images/encyclopedia/strawberry/strawberry-03.jpgCarrot: http://www.detoxdrinks.info/images/carrots_detox_drinks.jpgBell pepper: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly9nd0cSjM1ro0qa0o1_400.jpgTomato: http://newhealthomdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/red_tomato_02.jpg