While nutritionists and health nuts may differ on the perfect fat or sweetener, no one will question the importance of fruit and vegetables in our regular diet. One recommendation is to be sure to include all the colors of the rainbow into your shopping cart — and your meal planning.
And we don’t mean Blue #2.
Check out these great recipes as a way to include a variety of flavors, textures, and yes, color, into your diet.
Cutting grapefruit sections away from the pith is an inviting way to enjoy this tart and tantalizing fruit. Cut several pink grapefruits into sections and divide among small bowls for a bright taste of Vita C.
Source: Cutting Grapefruit Sections | Good (Cheap) Eats
Capture summer in a bottle with this homemade jam. Canning your own jams and preserves allows you to customize it with the fruits and sweeteners that you prefer. Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and a great source of flavonoids, making this a great choice.
Source: Strawberry Groundcherry Jam | Food for My Family
Top a bed of your favorite greens with juicy, sun-kissed oranges. Full of fiber and vitamin C, oranges are available year-round, depending on the variety.
Source: Orange Feta Salad with Almonds & Balsamic | Food Your Way
Shredded carrots make a great base for this quick and easy salad, dotted with cilantro and pepitas, pumpkin seeds. Rich in beta carotene and antioxidants, carrots are an easy staple to keep on hand for quick salads and just plain munching.
Source: Carrot Salad with Cilantro and Pepitas | Good (Cheap) Eats
Pineapples are a juicy, refreshing, happy fruit. Folks are often intimidated by this prickly fruit, but you don’t have to be. Follow this tutorial for cutting a pineapple to easily add it to your meals and snacks.
Source: How to Cut a Pineapple | Food Your Way
Forget fried eggs on toast, serve your next breakfast, poached on a bed of brussels sprouts. This breakfast full of greens is delicious and hearty, yet full of green veggies. If you prefer, make this similar version with spinach and leeks.
Source: Brussels Sprouts Breakfast Hash with Eggs | Food for My Family
Asparagus and leeks join forces with other spring vegetables to add flavor and nutrition to this simple pureed soup. Don’t be afraid to transform your vegetables into soup, it’s an easy way to “drink the rainbow.”
Source: Spring Vegetable Soup | Good (Cheap) Eats
High in antioxidants, blueberries are considered a super fruit, possibly able to fight some cancers and reduce inflammation. This trio of recipes includes blueberries in a multitude of ways: smoothie, scones, and coffeecake.
Source: Berry Me, Please | Life as Mom
Purple cabbage, an excellent source of Vitamin C that also has anti-inflammatory properties, is a great food to add to soups and sautees. Mixed with other greens, it also makes a delightful topping for these shrimp tacos.
Source: Shrimp Tacos | The Pioneer Woman
|A foodie at heart, Jessica Fisher has learned to reconcile a tight budget with her love for great food. As a busy mom of six voracious eaters, she regularly shares healthy, delicious and budget-friendly recipes at GoodCheapEats. She also writes at her parenting blog, LifeasMOM.|