The Healing of Eating Colorful Foods

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Eating a rainbow of colorful foods allows our bodies to absorb nutrients from a variety of foods. Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, legumes, and nuts are composed of thousands of different phytonutrients that serve an array of functions in the human body. As we strive for balance in food colors and recognize when certain colors may be imbalanced regarding food intake, we can boost our overall health and well-being!

Red—Immune system: Red-colored foods tend to be high in vitamin C, which supports adrenal health and immunity. Red-colored foods, such as tomatoes, strawberries, and red beets, have also been shown to be anti-inflammatory.

Orange—Reproductive health: Eating orange-colored foods abundant in carotenoids like beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin may help lower the risk of reproductive issues like endometriosis or even delay ovarian decline. Carotenoids are also found within the ovaries and the sperm to support fertility.

Yellow—Digestion: Eating too many of the processed yellow foods, like breads, baked goods, and processed cereals from, can extinguish our digestive fire and increase our risk for metabolic syndrome and even type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, eating acidic, warming, yellow foods, like lemons, ginger, and grapefruit, can help us burn brightly and rev our metabolism.

Green—Cardiovascular health: Green foods like leafy greens are rich in nutrients such as folate, vitamin K, and naturally-occurring nitrates that make them healing and expansive for the heart and blood vessels.

Blue-Green—Thyroid health: Blue-green foods like algae, sea plants, and even spirulina contain minerals such as iodine and selenium, which nourish and support the function of the thyroid gland.

Blue-Purple—Cognition and mood: Blue-purple foods like berries and grapes have been shown to help with better brain function like learning and memory, as well as improving mood and calmness.


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Beyond simply tasting delicious, a dose of dark chocolate adds a variety of health perks that are sure to have your body (and taste buds) thanking you! The good-for-you properties actually come from the minerals and antioxidants found in the cocoa, hence why the darker the chocolate (think 70% or higher), the better for your health.

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Beyond a Sweet Treat: 7 Perks of Dark Chocolate

  1. Enhances Brain Function. Yup, it’s true - a small dose of dark chocolate may help you think better. Dark chocolate is naturally rich in the stimulants caffeine and theobromine, two compounds that can add a short term boost to overall brain function. Theobromine has been found to improve focus, concentration, and visual processing of information. Dark chocolate may also improve blood flow to the brain.
  2. Rich in Antioxidants including Polyphenols, Flavanols, and Catechins. The darker the chocolate, the more antioxidant power, which means the more perks for your health!
  3. Decreases Cancer Risk. The antioxidants found in dark chocolate have been found to neutralize free radicals that increase the risk of cancer. Therefore, enjoying a dose of dark chocolate can help decrease cancer risk.
  4. Improved Heart Health. Researchers have linked the flavonols in cocoa to decreasing cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and arterial plaque.
  5. Lowers Blood Pressure. The flavanols in chocolate have been found to support the production of nitric oxide, which in turn helps relax blood vessels and improve blood flow.
  6. Mood-Boosting. This one comes as no surprise, but there is scientific evidence that supports the fact that dark chocolate really does make people happier. Not only does it add a sweet treat, but it will help boost endorphins, lifting your mood.
  7. Bonus Nutrients. While dark chocolate doesn't provide a significant amount of essential nutrients, it is rich in iron, fiber, copper, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.
A Few More Truths About Chocolate

  • At 150 - 170 calories per ounce, dark chocolate is high in calories and can contribute to weight gain if eaten in excess. However, chocolate can induce satiety (the state of feeling satisfied), so a small amount can hold one over!
  • For maximum health benefits, choose 70% dark chocolate or higher. A higher percentage of cocoa solids means less added sugar, but also a more bitter flavor.
  • The higher the percentage of the dark chocolate also means the higher the caffeine content. However, in comparison to coffee, the caffeine content of chocolate is minimal.
  • You will not reap the same health benefits from milk or white chocolate as you do from dark chocolate.
  • Buying organic chocolate means the chocolate is free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and GMOs.
  • Chocolate labeled as “Fair-Trade” means it has been manufactured at a fair wage and with the exclusion of child labor.
Featured Recipe
Almond Butter Banana Energy Rolls with Cacao Nibs

Ingredient Spotlight: Cacao nibs are antioxidant-rich unprocessed cacao beans that have been shelled, dried, fermented, and ground up. They lend a nutty, super-chocolate-y crunch to these delicious rolls. Look for them in health-food groceries and in many supermarkets.

  • 2 Low-Carb Tortillas, Flour, Soft Taco Size
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut, lightly toasted
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 tablespoons honey (you can skip the honey to save sugar calories)

Lay tortillas on a clean work surface. Spread evenly with almond butter. Sprinkle with cocoa nibs and coconut. Thinly slice bananas crosswise, and layer on tortillas. Roll up. Cut into pinwheels, if desired.



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