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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!