Daily Dose of Color

Add some festive color to your holiday feast with nutritious side dishes!

posted Nov 18, 2011, 7:12 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:23 AM by Mike Chen ]

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Many traditional holiday meals give meat star billing, but making side dishes the main attractions of your plate can help you reap the rewards of good-for-you phytonutrients, chemical compounds in fruits and vegetables that have unbeatable health benefits.

Add these three popular holiday side dishes to your plate and enjoy the taste and healthy rewards:

Cranberries contain ellagic acid, a strong antioxidant that supports immune and cell health. Try to prepare cranberries with minimal sugar and let their natural flavor and juiciness complement your main course.

Squash, sweet potatoes, and mixed root vegetables typically contain significant quantities of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin, which are all known as provitamin A carotenoids. These nutrients can be converted by the body to vitamin A and support vision health, help to maintain skin hydration, support healthy immune function, and offer cell protection. Roast these earthy, sweet, and nutty veggies with a touch of olive oil and garnish with herbs like rosemary or thyme to bring out their unique tastes. Try to avoid a lot of butter in the preparation.

Green beans provide lutein, an antioxidant that’s been shown to support vision health. Prepare beans with slivered almonds for a dose of heart-healthy fat.

For more on what phytonutrients can do for you and to see if you’re getting enough, go to Nutrilite.com/color.

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Lose weight with color

posted Nov 11, 2011, 8:31 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Mar 21, 2012, 9:05 PM ]

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When you’re trying to shed pounds, there’s no better time to strive to get 10+ servings of fruits and vegetables every day in every color of the rainbow.

Fruits and vegetables are naturally filling because they contain loads of filling fiber, plus you can eat a lot for very few calories. For example, for just about 50 calories, you can eat one full cup of sliced strawberries or fresh green beans. Contrast that with the 160 calories you would consume by eating 15 classic potato chips and it’s easy to see why snacking on fruits and vegetables can whittle your waist quickly.

Plus, choosing colorful produce over processed snacks gives you the extra health benefits of loads of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients – the chemical compounds in plants that give them their color and convey a variety of health benefits. For example, tomatoes contain lycopene, which supports prostate health, grapes have resveratrol, which is beneficial to your heart, and spinach offers lutein, shown to have health benefits for your eyes.

Here are a few tips for adding more color to your day!

  • Start your meals with a small salad or bowl of broth-based vegetable soup. Skip the creamy dressing on the salad and opt for a light vinaigrette served on the side.
  • As soon as you get your fruits and vegetables home from the supermarket or farmers market, wash them, prep them by slicing, peeling, or chopping – however you prefer to eat them – and then storing them in a prominent location in your refrigerator. Consider it your defense against unhealthy snack options – better yet, rid your pantry of those!
  • Don’t be bland about it. There are ways to dress up fruits and veggies to make them more palatable without loading on a bunch of fat and calories. Here are just a few suggestions:
    • Prepare your own hummus to taste using garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice as a dip.
    • Add spice! Use an Italian blend of spices on sautéed zucchini, green bell peppers, and onions as a side to whole wheat pasta or mixed right in. Make fajitas and use a generous helping of chili powder or even jalapenos to flavor red and green pepper strips.
    • Fruit is usually sweet enough for most people to enjoy on its own, but if it’s not your thing, try mixing your favorite varieties in a simple smoothie using low-fat vanilla yogurt or skim milk with vanilla extract. Add ice, blend, and enjoy!

As you start to incorporate more color into your diet, you’ll realize you don’t even miss the bland, boring snacks you used to rely on. Plus, your new favorites will help you reach your weight goals and provide countless health benefits. That’s something you can feel good about!

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Choose Dark-hued Produce for Your Heart

posted Nov 11, 2011, 8:24 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:25 AM ]

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You know you need to eat more fruits and vegetables every day, but did you know that variety is just as important as volume? Eating 10 apples a day won’t give you the same benefits as including foods from every color group in your diet.

To make this concept simple, the NUTRILITE® brand has created the Nutrilite® Phytonutrient Spectrum, which shows you the varied benefits of eating red, orange and yellow, green, white, and purple and blue foods.

One color you won’t see on the spectrum is black, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook the benefits of black currants, blackberries, or black beans.

These powerhouse foods all contain anthocyanidins, a group of phytonutrients that can be found in abundance in many blue and purple foods, but are also present in these black nutritional standouts. Phytonutrients are natural chemicals found in plants that produce their vibrant colors and provide important health benefits when consumed.

Anthocyanidins have strong antioxidant properties and play an important role in protecting the body from free radical damage. They also support heart health, and there is evidence that they may support cell health, skin health, and digestive health.

Incorporate fresh black foods into your family’s diet. Take advantage of summer produce and embark on a blackberry picking trip with the family (blueberries also contain many anthocyanidins). Try adding black beans to a festive salad with fresh corn, tomatoes, avocados, and grilled chicken – top with a little bit of salsa for taste and enjoy the healthy, fresh flavors of the season!

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White after Labor Day? Go for it, especially if you’re talking about the phytonutrients found in white fruits and vegetables!

posted Nov 11, 2011, 8:15 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:27 AM ]

Foods in the white color range have a variety of health benefits. White fruits and vegetables have been shown to support healthy enzyme function, maintain healthy bone metabolism, and help preserve arterial function.

Including white foods in your diet gives you the phytonutrients allicin and quercetin, plus many others. Allicin is found in onions and garlic and is most helpful in supporting heart and  cholesterol health. Quercetin is commonly found in apples, onions, and green tea and is a member of the bioflavonoid family of phytonutrients, which function as antioxidants and help vitamin C perform in the body. Quercetin is especially beneficial in promoting blood vessel health and supporting heart health.

The following NUTRILITE® supplements and products contain concentrates from white fruits and vegetables. They may also contain ingredients from other color groups as well.

  • NUTRILITE® DOUBLE X® Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient is more than a multivitamin, with 12 essential vitamins, 10 essential minerals, and 20 plant concentrates.
  • NUTRILITE® Garlic Heart Care Formula nurtures your heart with clinically significant levels of allicin.
  • NUTRILITE® PriMroSe Plus contains ginger root and offers relief from PMS for women.
  • NUTRILITE® Tropical Antioxidant Juice tastes great and is rich in antioxidants.
  • NUTRILITE® Carb Blocker 2 supplement can help block up to 500 calories from meals high in carbs.

Don’t shy away from white when it comes to filling your plate with healthy, good-for-you fare!

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Is organic always better? The answers might surprise you.

posted Nov 11, 2011, 8:09 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Mar 21, 2012, 9:06 PM ]

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Chemical Concerns

While organic fruits and vegetables are grown with no chemicals, such as pesticides or herbicides, your exposure to such chemicals depends on the type of fruit or vegetable you’re eating. For example, fruits such as oranges that are eaten without the peel typically would pose little risk of chemical contamination because the portion of the fruit exposed to the chemicals is removed.

Conversely, organic strawberries might be a wiser choice compared to nonorganic strawberries because chemicals could come in direct contact with the skin of the fruit, which would then be eaten.

Another factor to consider when purchasing your produce is where it came from. Organic fruits and vegetables might not be as plentiful as nonorganic, which means that they could have been shipped from far away. The longer they’ve been in transit, the more likely it is that they’ve lost some of their nutritional content.

On this point, it would seem that organic produce is best. It’s obvious that farming without chemicals and the other ways that organic farming protects the earth far outweigh traditional farming methods. But on the flip side, if your produce has to be trucked across the country, that could be a negative for the environment.

Organic produce is often more expensive than nonorganic because it simply costs more to produce: It’s typically grown on smaller farms with less economy of scale. Plus, methods to control pests and weeds are often more expensive than those employed by traditional farming, driving up cost.

The choice to buy organic or not is yours. If you go the organic route, try to find produce from local farmers. That way you know you’re getting the best possible nutrition and that you’re not contributing to environmental pollution by having produce shipped a great distance. The most important thing you can do is to eat more fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors, no matter if they’re organic or not!

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