Go Eat a Friggin' Rainbow! Alie & Georgia's Guide to Colorful, Healthy Eating

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Shane Redsar, Shane Redsar

Turns out, an apple a day does not keep the doctor away. But seven might.

The University College London studied the eating habits and health of more than 65,000 people, and recently published the finding that seven servings of fruits and veggies a day cut death risk by 42 percent compared with eating less than one serving a day -- as opposed to a 29 percent reduction in five-a-day eaters.

What does this mean? Grub some plant-y things As if your life depended on it!

But stay on track and keep things colorful using the simple trick of eating a rainbow a day. This does not mean chasing water vapor to the end of a horizon; just look for the color fruit or veggie you haven’t eaten yet and gobble it up like you're in a video game. The more you chomp, the longer you’ll be around. Pretty delicious strategy, if you arm yourself with these handy recipe suggestions:

Red
Strawberries - Strawberries & Cream
Tomatoes - Caprese Salad
Red peppers - Stuffed Red Peppers
Radishes - Glazed Radishes
Orange
Oranges (duh) - Honey Cinnamon Oranges
Sweet potato - Spicy Sweet Potato Chips
Carrots - Carrot Soup
Yellow
Mango - Mango Lassi
Pineapple - Grilled Pineapple
Green

Kale - Kale Recipes So You Don ’t Die  (we called the “not dying” part months ago)

Green beans - Green Beans AND Broccoli, together at last

Avocado - Chocolate Avocado Pudding (OK, and here’s an Avocado Edamame Salad)

Blue
Blue corn - Blue Corn Enchiladas
Purple
Eggplant - Alton Brown’s Eggplant Steaks
White
Cauliflower - Cauliflower Gratin
Mushrooms - Stuffed Mushrooms

OK, who’s starving right now? For fruits and vegetables? We thought so.

Long live vegetable eaters,
Alie & Georgia

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