Brighten Up Your Diet!

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Don’t just brighten up your wardrobe this summer, brighten up your diet too!!!

Look beyond (dull) brown lentils and get your antioxidant hit with a more colourful plate.

The reward at the end will be bright eyes, glowing skin, and heightened health all over.

Check out which coloured food groups you should be adding to your shopping basket this weekend.

Orange

Foods: Apricots, paw-paw, oranges, pumpkin, carrots.

Magic ingredient: Carotenoids, a classic mop-up-the-toxins antioxidant that helps with cell function.

Green

Foods: Broccoli, spinach, bok choy, cabbage, lettuce, sprouts (alfalfa and Brussels).

Magic ingredients: Phytochemicals, lutein and folate. These antioxidants are like a mini medical team, scooting around the body healing damaged cells.

Red

Foods: Tomatoes, guava, watermelon, red grapefruit, red capsicum.

Magic ingredient: Lycopene, your body’s defence hero. It protects white blood cells (the infection fighters).

Yellow

Foods: Garlic, onions, potatoes, bananas.

Magic ingredients: Allicin (in garlic), potassium. Allicin, which gives garlic its aroma and flavour, cleans up all the junk in your bod – it’s classed as a super-antioxidant (like green tea). Potassium acts as an anti-inflammatory, so you’ll get less aches and pains.

Purple

Foods: Eggplants, figs, prunes, blueberries (buy frozen ones to avoid bankruptcy), blackberries, red wine (settle down, ladies – this means one glass only).

Magic ingredients: Lutein and zeaxanthin. These nice guys relax your blood vessels so your heart has an easier time pumping. They also help prevent age-related muscular degeneration of the eye.

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