your WHY LIVE A LIFE OF BEIGE? BRUSH UP THE COLOR PALETTE ON YOUR PLATE AND BOOST YOUR HEALTH! DIFFERENT COLORED FOODS HELP ENSURE A WELL-ROUNDED DIET—AND A BEAUTIFUL ONE, TOO. Green Naturally colored by chlorophyll, these foods are excellent sources of vitamin K and potassium. The vitamins and minerals promote heart health. Fresh Thyme hopes to continue to locally source nutrient-rich asparagus when in season to reduce the carbon footprint. Eat: asparagus, broccoli, edamame, green beans, lettuce, spinach, kale, other leafy greens, peas, Brussels sprouts, and zucchini Red Packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, red fruits and vegetables may help reduce inflammation and promote gut health. These veggies, especially cooked tomatoes, may help expedite nutrient absorption. Eat: tomatoes, red peppers, cherries, beets, red cabbage, raspberries, strawberries, and apples Orange Beta-carotene, an antioxidant, gives this group its color. These fruits and vegetables help convert vitamin A in our bodies, which helps with our vision and may reduce inflammation. Carrots and sweet potatoes top the list! Eat: carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, mangoes, oranges, apricots, peaches, and grapefruit Purple Filled with antioxidants, blue and purple foods— in particular blueberries— are great for heart health. The richer the color, the more ripe and ready the fruit or vegetable. Eat: purple potatoes, cabbage, blackberries, blueberries, plums, grapes, and pomegranates Yellow Loaded with lutein, vitamin C, and vitamin A, this group promotes healthy vision and immune function. Spaghetti squash is not only nutrient-packed, but a great lower-calorie, low-carb substitute to any pasta noodle dish. Eat: yellow sweet peppers, yellow tomatoes, corn, bananas, pineapple, squash, and lemons Plate paint OUR DIETITIAN'S DISH: Not only is it good for you, this approach also makes your plate more appealing so you’re more apt to eat the food! —Kerry Clifford, MS, RD, LDN, Fresh Thyme dietitian OUR DIETITIAN'S DISH: The goal is to get at least three colors on your plate per meal, to ensure you get the most nutrients out of your food. —Meghan Daw, RD, LDN, Fresh Thyme dietitian freshthyme.com | May/June 2017 23