Planting a rainbow of vegetables

Mon. Feb. 24, 2020

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Planting a rainbow of vegetables

Different colors of vegetables and fruits offer different nutritional value.  Although continuing studies are being done on the full value of these power-packed plants, here’s a primer for you.

Here’s a quick overview of what the colors offer:
  • RED – lycopene and anthocyanins – may reduce risk of cancer and heart disease
  • ORANGE/YELLOW – carotenoids – good for your eyes, good for your heart
  • GREEN – lutein – good for your eyes, protect against some cancers
  • BLUE/PURPLE – anthocyanins – antioxidants – reduce risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease
  • WHITE – anthoxanthins – lower cholesterol, blood pressure; reduce stomach cancer and heart disease
  • Read more HERE from Harvard Health
White bean, kale, sweet potato soup
Kaleidescope slaw!
Vegetable-lentil soup with herbs from the garden! Oregano, thyme and more!

There’s tomatoes, carrots, spinach, zucchini, onion, garlic, chickpeas and red and green lentils in this soup!  Vegetable broth.  Add basil, oregano, salt and pepper to taste.  I also added some sirachi sauce.  I like a little heat.  Throw it all in the crockpot for about 6 hours, add pasta for the last hour.

Consuming whole foods is really what our bodies were made to eat.  That’s not to say I’m a freak about it but adding more whole foods to your diet and ditching some of the fried foods and sodas isn’t a bad thing!!  ?