Phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals, are the powerhouse components of plants that give them their wide array of vibrant colors and flavors. We now know that we need more than fats, proteins, carbs, vitamins and minerals to achieve and sustain optimal health. Phytonutrients with their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and disease-fighting abilities are crucial for growth and wellbeing.
An excellent way to begin making steps toward a healthier way of eating is to aim for one to two servings of each color - green, yellow/orange, red, blue/purple and white - each day. Strive for a colorful plate of food at every meal!
Check out the following list of phytonutrient-rich foods in all colors to help you get started and stay tuned for the next post in this series where I will provide helpful advice for incorporating these powerhouse foods into your daily routine.