Now that National Nutrition month is officially over, the American Dietetic Association's theme of Eating Right with Color is a good motto to continue throughout the year in our daily diets. Affordable, colorful foods include common fruits and vegetables from apples to zucchini. Eating a variety of fruits, veggies and whole grains every day energizes and provides our bodies with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, disease-fighting antioxidants and other important nutrients.
Colorful foods does not mean exotic or expensive hybrid veggies like cheddar-colored, green or purple cauliflower, although they can be. Cheddar-colored cauliflower varieties are higher in Vitamin A than regular white cauliflower. Purple cauliflower boasts higher amounts of anthocyanin antioxidants than other colors. And in general, all colors of cauliflower (raw or cooked) are good sources of dietary fiber and folate, and are excellent sources of Vitamins C, K and beneficial phytonutrients.
Other nutrient dense cruciferous veggies include: broccoli, kale, collard greens, watercress, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, kohlrabi, mizuna, turnips, rutabaga, broccoli rabe, arugula, mustard (seeds and greens) and radish.
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Blog Article and photo Copyright © 2011 D.Wind. All rights reserved. 'Eat Right with Color' is a slogan for the American Dietetic Association's National Nutrition Month®