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What colors were on your plate today?

Discussion in 'Healthy Living' started by sundarusha, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. sundarusha

    sundarusha Gold IL'ite

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    Most of us know we are supposed to include greens in our diet daily in order to stay fit and healthy. Eating fruits and vegetables in every color of the rainbow is the key to make sure we are getting all the nutrients our body requires. By eating a colorful palette of fruits and vegetables, we will be supplying our body phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are plant-based substances that help to protect the body from diseases,cancer and the effects of aging. The brighter and more intense the color of the fruit and the vegetables, the stronger are the phytonutrients. Each color provides us with different essential nutrients.

    1) Green : contains zinc,vitamin A,C,E and iron,chlorophyll, helps to purify blood

    2)Red: Reduces the free radical damage. Supports heart and memory

    3)Orange: Supports the eyes, enhances night vision, contains beta carotene and vitamin C

    4)Yellow: Promotes healthy circulation, boosts immune health

    5)White: Reduces blood pressure, can help to reduce LDL cholestrol

    6)Blue/Purple: High in antioxidants, slows the early signs of aging,supports heart health

    I included green ( Mustard greens roll curry) for lunch, purple (Bhaingan bartha) for dinner and a piece of blueberry streudel for dessert.

    How many colors did you eat today?
     
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    hat Bronze IL'ite

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    Hi Sundarusha

    Very innovative thread! I had mostly raw foods yesterday and here's my account.

    Red: from apple, carrot
    Pink: from watermelon
    Orange: from papaya and oranges (tangerine)
    Brown: from dates
    Green: from capsicum and guava
    Purple: from plums
    White: from milk and buttermilk :)
     
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    Raji01 Bronze IL'ite

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    hi Sundarusha
    very interesting thread.thanks for sharing.:)
     
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    Hello Sundarusha,

    Thanks for sharing...... as many are not aware of the importance of including as many colours as possible in every day diet. Looking forward to have more information from you.
     
  5. sundarusha

    sundarusha Gold IL'ite

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    Dear hat,

    that is a nice list and you have included a rainbow of colors. Do keep sharing with us which will motivate us to include a lot of colors.
     
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    sundarusha Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Raji,
    thank you. Do share the colors that you include in your daily diet.
     
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    wow..what a healthy thread...i like to follow this daily.

    Although it is not usual, we had many colors yesterday.
    red-apple, pomegranite
    green- bitter melon
    Blue/purple-dried prunes,dates & raisins
    yellow-dried apricot
    white-banana

    Bitter melon curry for lunch, pomegranite for an aftrenoon snack, apple after evening snack. At night i had a dried fruit shake with banana.
     
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    sundarusha Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Custard,

    thank you. Long live the greens!

    Scientific studies suggest that it is important to include cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower and brussel sprouts regularly as they pack a punch of glucosinolates which break down in the body to form anti-cancer molecules. Broccoli in particlular provides sulphorophane which has been shown in the lab to destroy the cancer cells.
     
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    Dear Cheerful,

    thank you for sharing.
    what an array of colors! It sure motivated me to plan my meals today.
     
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    Hi Usha,

    That's really a colorful thread! Are we allowed to include dry fruits & nuts?

    Let me start with yesterday:

    Green- Bottle gourd (pudalangai), Coriander leaves
    Red- Tomatoes, Apple & red pear
    Purple- Onions & Big brinjal (Me too made baingan bartha)
    White-Garlic, banana
    Brown- Dates & almonds

    Today: As of now
    Brown-extra almond slices in cereal :)
    Blue-handful of blueberries
     

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