The unicorn diet is one that encourages one to eat foods with a spectrum of colours like the rainbow. It is one of the best ways to achieve a well-balanced diet for all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your body needs while injecting the sense of excitement and joy at the same time. So read on to find out what amazing benefits each colour of the rainbow would provide you with and sparkle like a unicorn!
Red or pink coloured foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, cherries, strawberries and beetroot are known to be amazing sources for an antioxidant called lycopene. This means that fruits and vegetables that are vibrantly coloured red or pink behold the capability to lower your chances of getting cancer. The antioxidants would slay harmful free radicals in your body and aid your skin in achieving a youthful appearance, and all you have got to do is simply chomp down on them. On top of that, Lycopene is also known to be helpful in maintaining good cardiovascular health. So pop in some pomegranate or juicy strawberries into your diet to enjoy these benefits and a happy dose of anti-inflammatory benefits, B vitamins, Vitamin C and minerals. Alternatively, grill some tomatoes and pair it up with your meal for a sweet, tangy side dish.
The colour orange found in vegetables are usually exhibiting the nutritious carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. They are highly beneficial for keeping your eyes in the pink of health. Beta-carotene is the precursor of vitamin A, an essential vitamin for maintaining eye health, especially night vision, and healing of any cuts on your skin. Lutein and zeaxanthin aid majorly in reducing the risk of light-induced damaged to the retina. They do so by filtering harmful high-energy blue light and help protect and maintain healthy cells in your eyes.
To boost your eye health, get started with orange fruits and vegetables of your unicorn diet by including be carrots, pumpkins, apricots and some delicious slices of mango.
Think lemon, pineapples, golden kiwi, and a whole lot of beautiful food sharing the same colour as the sunshine. They are rich sources of vitamin C which does amazing things to and for your heart, overall health protection and immunity. On top of that, they usually come hand in hand with potassium which is an excellent mineral to eliminate sodium from your body, thus keeping your kidneys in good health. Inject a little sunshine into your diet with some tropical pineapple, sweet corn and baked potatoes today!
Next up is the star colour in the world of diet and healthy eating, green. It signifies life, vibrancy and cleansing. Dark leafy greens such as watercress and kale are crucial foods to obtain chlorophyll, B vitamins, minerals and fibre for a healthy body and blood system. Brassica family featuring vegetables such as broccoli and brussels sprouts contain glucoraphanin, a quintessential mineral that aids your body in converting the superstar substance of potent antioxidant, sulforaphane. When eaten raw, the vegetables’ enzymes are intact when they enter your digestive system. These enzymes are made of amino acids which are valuable protein, calcium sources.
To sum up, green vegetables are vital to our diet as sources of vitamin A, and vitamin K, B vitamins, magnesium, fibre, and even omega-3 fatty acids. They are also“low calorie with high nutrient” foods which you can enjoy a whole lot of without consuming many calories. Thus they make one of the best food to include in every weight loss plan. But note that you should watch out for the sauces and condiments that you prepare them with. They are the sneaky ones to bring up the calorie count!
A colour that is relaxing and alluring like the ocean hues, showcases a plethora of azure fruits and vegetables like blueberries and blue potatoes. They are superfoods that are packed the highest level of anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidin pigments found in food. In other words, they are powerhouses of potent antioxidants which will help you freeze or time or reverse signs of ageing.
Some effortless ways of getting such powerful benefits into your diet can be as easy as popping those sweet and tangy blueberries into your mouth or making a delish magic potion of butterfly pea tea to sip as you unwind.
Anthocyanins are pigments responsible for the touch of charming purple in fruits and vegetables. Just like blue foods, they are known for their antioxidant qualities, cancer-fighting potential and a great support for your vascular system.
To add a touch of violet to complete your unicorn diet of eating rainbows, give acai berry smoothies a try! For a quick snack, grapes, fresh plums and figs would make the perfect low sugar pick-me-up. As for a satisfying savoury ingredient, aubergines, also known as eggplants, or purple sweet potatoes are delicious soup or stew ingredient. They are super low in calories, yet rich sources of potassium and calcium too!