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Eat the Rainbow

Posted on July 23rd, 2021 by Danielle *Allen

This rainbow in your CSA box may not have a pot of gold attached to it, but the nutritional benefits are priceless. Phytonutrients from the Greek phytón, meaning “plant,” are chemicals produced by plants to protect themselves from insect attacks and radiation from UV rays. Luckily for us humans, these phyto-chemicals which give fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, tea, whole grains and spices their pigments, also have a long list of health benefits. These miraculous chemicals contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, support our bodies' natural defense mechanisms and intercellular communication, and repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins. Did you know? Though scientists have studied few phytonutrients closely, it's estimated that there are over 4,000 different nutrients! Wow! Read on for the full spectrum of veggies!


Nutrients in Every Color!

  • Heart Health (Red)- peppers, tomatoes, beets, red onions 
  • Immune system and vision (Orange and yellow)- carrots, cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow peppers
  • Anti-cancer (dark leafy greens)- kale, collard greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach
  • Blood Vessel Health (Blue/purple)- Radishes, berries, eggplant, purple cabbage
  • Anti-tumor (White)- Turnips, onions, garlic, cauliflower, leeks, daikon radish, mushrooms

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CSA member Recipes: Thanks Larissa! 

  • Zucchini Corn and White Bean Salad - a warm salad with grilled corn and zucchini, the addition of white beans marinated in lemon juice/zest gives a lovely brightness and makes it a bit heartier
  • Rustic Italian Veggie Bake - exactly as it sounds, think ratatouille minus the eggplant and add in crispy breadcrumbs
  • Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles - a good way to use up some excess zucchini 
  • Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos w/Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw - super quick and easy to throw together, and the cole slaw is delicious both as a topper on the tacos and on the side