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It seems that everyone knows that vitamins and minerals are essential for good health.  Popping your daily multi-vitamin may help, but if you’re following it with an unhealthy diet of fast food and processed foods, your health may suffer.

Instead, get your vitamins and minerals from your food.  Eating a rainbow of colors in your fruits and vegetables is not only fun and delicious, but it also just about guarantees you that you’ll be fulfilling your daily nutrient needs, especially if you are pairing it with lean proteins and healthy fats like nuts, seeds and avocados.  Here are some examples:

Vitamin A - helps promote wrinkle free skin, is anti-aging and anti-inflammatory

Find it in:  sweet potatoes and cantaloupe

Vitamin B - helps support metabolism and helps fight fatigue

Find it in:  shrimp and bananas

Vitamin C - boosts immune system and may lower cancer risks

Find it in:  papaya, strawberries, kiwi

Vitamin D - strengthens bones, improves your mood

Find it in: sunshine, egg yolk and milk

Vitamin E - promotes strong immunity, healthy skin and eyes

Find it in:  sunflower seeds, almonds

Vitamin B12 - keeps nerves and blood healthy

Find it in:  grass fed beef, eggs, fish, liver

Magnesium - calms the nerves and anxiety, relieves muscle aches

Find it in:  dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish, avocados, dark chocolate

Calcium - builds and maintains strong bones, also good for the heart, muscles and nerves

Find it in:  dark leafy greens, almonds, broccoli, milk and yogurt

The next time you go grocery shopping, fill your cart with a rainbow of vegetables and fruits!  Explore new ones that you’ve never tried before on salads, side dishes, even in smoothies. Brighten up your plate and you’ll brighten up your health!