Three Orange Foods to Boost your Health!
Are you getting enough orange foods in your diet? It is recommended that we consume one orange (and dark green) vegetable daily to get enough vitamin A and folate (Health Canada). Today, let’s spotlight three orange foods, why they’re healthy and how to include them in your diet.
What makes Orange Foods Healthy?
Orange vegetables get their vibrant colour from beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that acts as an antioxidant. Vitamin A supports our eyesight, regulates our immune system and keeps our skin healthy. Orange vegetables also tend to contain other health promoting nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, fibre, lycopene and flavonoids. Brightly coloured foods contain phytonutrients (or ‘plant nutrients’) which can help prevent disease.
Health benefits of orange foods include:
- Supports eye health and reduces risk of macular degeneration
- Reduces blood pressure
- Lowers cholesterol
- May help with prevention of diabetes
- Boosts immune system
- Fights free radicals in the body
- Supports healthy bones and joints
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Simple ways to Enjoy 3 Orange Foods:
- Roasted with olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon salt and pepper
- Mashed as side or added to mashed potato
- Cubed and added to pasta, rice, risotto, stew, soup, quinoa salad
- Pureed in a soup
- Grilled on BBQ
- Ravioli filling
- Pureed in pasta sauce, hummus recipe, curry or chili or mac & cheese
- Soup like my Lemon Ginger Red lentil soup
- Stews, pasta sauces
- Red lentil curry dishes or soups
- Added to soup
- Added to mashed potatoes
- Use as an oil substitute in baking (1:1 ratio, or 1 cup pumpkin to replace 1 cup oil)
- Add the puree to a bowl of oatmeal
- Stir it into a carton of yogurt
- Include in pasta sauce, hummus recipe, curry or chili or mac & cheese
- Add to a smoothie
- Ravioli filling
Choose orange and colourful foods in your diet. Phytonutrients are responsible for giving plant foods their colour along with health-promoting benefits. Enjoy some butternut squash, red lentils, and pumpkin puree. You can also enjoy some of the more traditional carrots, sweet potato, apricots, cantaloupes, mangoes, nectarines, papaya and peaches instead to fill the one orange coloured food a day quota.