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Seniors and Eating the Rainbow

Did you know you can learn a lot about food from the way it looks? The color of a fruit or vegetable can give you a clue about the nutrients it contains: green has chlorophyll; red, lycopene; and blue, antioxidants. Additionally, the darker in color the produce is, the more nutritional value it has. The next time you go grocery shopping, make it your goal to "eat the rainbow." Aiming to "eat the rainbow" each week is a fun way people of all ages can remind themselves to increase the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables we consume. "Eating the rainbow" helps us enjoy a broad, diverse array of produce and gives our diet variation.

Here are a few tips to make "eating the rainbow" easier this summer:

  • Keep your kitchen stocked with fresh, frozen, canned, and dried produce.
  • Pre-rinse and pre-cut fruit and veggies for hassle-free snacking and
    eating on the go.
  • Visit the local farmer's market for the freshest, in-season produce.
  • Be adventurous. Fill your grocery basket with fruits and vegetables
    of all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.
  • Buy fresh vegetables and fruits when they are ripe to enjoy peak
    flavors and lower prices.
  • When you serve yourself, fill at least half of the plate with colorful
    vegetables and fruits.
  • For a refreshing and nutritious twist, add fresh fruit to a classic salad.
  • Enjoy a delicious fruit smoothie for dessert. Add a cup of your
    favorite veggies for even more nutritional value.

This summer, give "eating the rainbow" a try. A well-rounded, balanced diet will do your body a world of good!

A Message from Dr. Marco
Dr. Noah Marco, Chief Medical Officer
Produce plays a large part in staying physically and mentally fit as we age. By eating from the full color spectrum of fruits and vegetables, we are more likely to get all the vitamins and minerals we need to maintain a healthy body and mind. These are a few of the ways people of all ages can benefit from a healthy diet, high in fruits and vegetables: improved energy and mood, reduced levels of inflammation, reduced risk of heart disease, cancer prevention, a boosted immune system, reduced damage from free radicals, regulated cholesterol, increased cognitive function and brainpower, an enhanced memory, improved prostate health, increased eye health, strengthened teeth and bones, as well as richer and healthier blood.

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