We love filling our plates with colorful fruits and veggies to not only brighten up our meals, but also to help incorporate a variety of nutrients into our diet!
The bright hues of your favorite fruits and vegetables are created by phytochemicals, naturally occurring substances in plants that boast a wide variety of health benefits! Combine in-season produce and Path of Life Frozen Quinoa Blends & Vegetable Side Dishes to create a rainbow on your plate at each meal!
Red Fruits & Vegetables get their color from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight skin aging and may help lower the risk of heart disease and several types of cancer.
Meal Idea: Fresh red pepper strips add the perfect crunch and pop of color to our Organic Superfood Pilaf Wrap! Pair the wrap with some watermelon slices, and you’ll have two great sources of lycopene on your plate!
Carotenoids are the phytochemicals that give Orange Fruits & Vegetables their hue! Beta-carotene, a carotenoid found in fruits and veggies like carrots, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes, is converted into Vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A helps to protect both your eye and heart health!
Fun Fact: The olive oil used in our Kale & Butternut Squash Flatbread serves a dual purpose! Beta-carotene is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning that it’s best absorbed when paired with a healthy fat. So not only does the olive oil in the recipe add flavor, it also helps your body get the most nutrients from the squash!
Yellow Fruits & Vegetables also get their color from two types of carotenoids, zeaxanthin and lutein! Eating foods like yellow apples, sweet corn, and pineapple can help prevent cataracts and slow the development of age-related macular degeneration.
Fun Fact: Path of Life All Natural Southwest Quinoa contains fire roasted corn and mango – two great sources of zeaxanthin and lutein! Try our Southwest BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad Boats or Southwest Quinoa Breakfast Burritos to add some yellow to your plate!
Glucosinolates give Green Fruits & Vegetables their color! These sulfur-containing compounds found in cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts help your liver to detoxify your body and may help prevent certain types of cancers.
Meal Idea: Adding veggies to your plate doesn’t have to be hard! Path of Life Organic Quinoa & Kale is the perfect companion to the healthy protein of your choice and is ready for you to enjoy in just four minutes!
Your favorite Purple Fruits & Vegetables get their color from anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables like eggplant, grapes and berries that boost brain function and may help reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Side Dish Idea: Try our Roasted Organic Rainbow Cauliflower with Chimichurri Recipe! A mixture of purple, green, orange and white cauliflower, this side will brighten up your plate and add a variety of nutrients to your meal!
Anthoxanthins are the phytochemicals that give White Fruits & Vegetables their color. Quercetin, one of the most common anthoxanthins, can lower your risk of heart disease and help ease allergy symptoms by blocking histamines.
Snack Idea: Pair our Garbanzo & Lentil Hummus Recipe with cauliflower, jicama and other colorful veggies for a delicious and nutritious snack!