Eat the Rainbow
Eat the rainbow. In other words, look for color in your food. The more colors on your plate, the better.
This rule is a great rule for you, and it is also fun to pass on to your children. Basically, real foods that are naturally bright in color have the highest nutritional value. Foods such as pomegranates, sweet potatoes, spinach, arugula, tomatoes, berries, broccoli, kale, and many more are the ones that are filled with antioxidants.
You know perfectly well I’m not talking about artificial colors here. No, a strawberry margarita doesn’t count. (Unless it’s made with fresh organic local strawberries, in which case it’s actually better. Studies show that a little alcohol could make the antioxidants in fruit more available to the body.) But strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and watermelon — yes! Generally speaking, if it is a whole, natural food and it could stain your clothing, it is probably good for you.
Eating the rainbow doesn’t mean that vegetables such as cauliflower, iceberg lettuce, or white potatoes are bad for you. In fact, they are healthy, fiber-rich foods with their own set of benefits. However, if given the choice between iceberg and romaine, go for the romaine because of its darker color. Going further, choose arugula or spinach over romaine, for the same reason. All things being equal, a sweet potato is a better choice than a baked white potato. Brown rice is better than white rice. Dark whole-grain breads are better than breads lighter in color.
This rule holds true for fruits as well — that is why blueberries, goji berries, cranberries, and pomegranates are called superfoods. They are nutrient-dense. I’m sure there are some exceptions, but as a rule of thumb, eat foods that are bright in color and loaded with nutrition.
This is an excerpt from Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel, available on Amazon.com.