Spring Diet & Healthy Eating Plan

Rainbows are visions…of good health

It’s that time of year again to clean up winter’s waste and start on the path to warm weather, shorts and swimsuits. Spring has sprung and so have a wonderful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that help make healthy eating affordable and delicious as we head towards summer.

In spring cleaning your diet, think about how you can add a rainbow of colour. Red fruits and vegetables like bell peppers, strawberries, beets and rhubarb contain vitamins and nutrients that help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and promote healthy joint tissue. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables - carrots, oranges and yams - are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C, which promote healthy bones and skin. Green fruits and vegetables like broccoli, spinach, kiwi and grapes not only boost immunity but aid digestion. Blue and purple fruits and vegetables like blueberries, eggplant, prunes, pomegranates, and purple cabbage can help reduce inflammation. All supply fibre which promotes optimal digestion and regularity.

Even white fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, onions and garlic are a nutritious part of the rainbow so be sure to include them regularly. Try making a rainbow fruit salad with the kids, rainbow coleslaw or a colourful stir fry. These nutritious foods look super appetizing but most importantly, they taste great. My 6 year-old and I make veggies and dip in which we arrange the vegetables in an actual rainbow shape with the dip as the “pot of gold” at the end. Let me know what you’re doing to colourize your diet this spring. I always enjoy hearing from you.