Thursday, September 10, 2009

National Organic Harvest Month is a Bountiful Rainbow of Colors

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Shop Healthy by Varying Your Color Choices


Let's celebrate National Organic Harvest Month by learning a little more about what is in season in September in much of North America:
  1. Cauliflower

  2. Lemons

  3. Corn

  4. Oranges

  5. Bell peppers (yellow, green, red, orange)

  6. Fennel

  7. Zucchini

  8. Okra

  9. Mushrooms

  10. Tomatoes

How's that for a color spectrum? A while back I got an email from a reader who was concerned about eating a balanced color variety, while eating local foods. Looks to me from this list like that's not really a problem in September.

Why was she concerned about the color of her produce? The more red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables you eat, the more beta carotene and antioxidants you get in your diet. These are cancer preventers that help boot the free radicals--the bad boys in your bloodstream. Your diet is your primary defense mechanism for ganging up on these tough guys. Go for it.

Don't get me wrong. The green veggies have their place too. Their vitamins cover the full range (especially the B vitamins that are so very important for memory and mental functions) and are extremely important to balance your diet.

So, what's your goal? Vary your colors throughout each week. When you shop, try to select a veggie/fruit in each color and create meals around this assortment. This is the best way to assure you are giving your body everything it needs to keep you healthy.

I like to think of a box of crayons when I'm shopping for produce. Every color in the box should be represented in my basket of purchases. It's a good technique to help you get the balanced diet your body is crying out for.

Need help through the seasons? Try this pocket guide. You can buy it right here and have it in just a few days.

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