Feast On A Rainbow

Feast On A Rainbow. Photo Credit: The Wandering Angel. C.C.LicenseIf the dark gloomy weather is getting you down, why not beat the winter blues with some colourful foods that are pleasing to the eye and great for boosting your health.

Red is for tomatoes, rich in lycopene which protects your heart and arteries against damage. From cherry, beef to tinned varieties, tomatoes are a great addition to sauces, salads, soups and stews.

Orange is for apricots, butternut squash, oranges, carrots and sweet potatoes. Rich in vitamin C, carotenoids and bioflavonoids, they're a healthy treat for your heart, eyes and immune system.

Yellow foods such as lemons, pineapples and mangos ooze exotic vibes. Frozen, tinned or on the cob, sweetcorn is a vibrant addition to pasta, baked potatoes and fish pie. Go bananas for a dose of B vitamins and potassium to help reduce blood pressure.

Green apples, pears, cucumbers, beans, courgettes, peppers, leeks, rocket, kale, watercress and spinach are great ingredients to experiment with. Many dark leafy green vegetables are rich in omega 3 for a healthy heart and brain.

Blue/Purple plums, prunes, grapes, beetroot, blueberries, cabbage and aubergines give that final dash of colour to your plate plus health-promoting antioxidants.

Go for a winter rainbow on your plate to give your health that extra boost until spring comes and adds some colour of its own.

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