The Jackpot is Yours When You Indulge in Color! Next time you fill up your grocery cart or reusable shopping bags, make sure to check for a variety of color. Phytochemicals are compounds found in plants that bring color to our food and are thought to work with vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables to help lower risk of disease and invite good health. Enjoy a brief list of benefits that phytochemicals bring to our lives and colorful whole foods in season now!
Red Foods: Predominant in red whole foods is the pigment Lycopene. This compound acts as an antioxidant and has been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers. In season now: Cranberries (and maybe still Tomatoes)!
Orange/Yellow Foods: Beta-carotene compounds are carotenoids that help support vitamin A in the body, which is important for immune function and eye health. Orange and yellow foods may also have anti-inflammatory properties and help to regulate blood sugar. In season now: Squash, Pumpkins, and Sweet Potatoes!
Yellow/Green Foods: Lutein is often found in light green and yellow foods and may help promote eye health. In season now: Leafy Greens!
Green Foods: Chlorophyll is the pigment responsible for coloring green fruits and vegetables. Green foods are also rich in compounds that may remove potentially carcinogenic compounds from the body and are great sources of folic acid, vitamin K, and potassium. In season now: Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts!
Blue/Purple Foods: Blue/purple foods contain anthocyanin. This compound brings gorgeous colors to foods and may help to prevent heart disease and cancer. The saturation of color in blue/purple foods is a sign that the foods are ripe and ready to consume. In season now: Pomegranates!
Co-authors Liz Price-Kellogg (E-RYT) and Kristen Taylor are founders of Live Yum, a company dedicated to inspiring a culture of mindful being through the ancient teachings and practice of yoga. Liz, a yoga teacher for nearly two decades, is the “caregiver” of River Yoga, located in the Thousand Islands, New York. A dedicated yogi and mother of two young children, Kristen embraces the teachings of yoga to support whole health for her family. Liz and Kristen are passionate about creating foods that nourish the body, mind and soul. For The Love Of Food And Yoga: A Celebration Of Mindful Eating And Being is their debut book. Follow them here: www.liveyum.com