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.
Check out which coloured food groups you should be adding to your shopping basket this weekend.
Foods: Apricots, paw-paw, oranges, pumpkin, carrots.
Magic ingredient: Carotenoids, a classic mop-up-the-toxins antioxidant that helps with cell function.
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.
Foods: Tomatoes, guava, watermelon, red grapefruit, red capsicum.
Magic ingredient: Lycopene, your body’s defence hero. It protects white blood cells (the infection fighters).
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.
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.