AIP, SCD, Paleo, and Keto Diet Tip: “Taste the Rainbow”

At first glance this post could give the idea that while living the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), or Keto Diet that a popular candy could would be safe to consume. Sorry, we didn’t mean to give anyone false hope. We are talking about a much more filling and nutrition rainbow! In this case, the myth of gold at the end of a rainbow will greatly impact our health as we consume the various colors of fruits and vegetables. We’ll also provide a few tips that will help us all eat more veggies and fruit! Our first tip would be to try our Paleo Perfection Protein powder which includes an organic superfood blend…consuming whole organic vegetables is always better but our AIP compliant Paleo Protein powder can always help in a pinch or for a quicker option.

Consuming a rainbow of fruits and vegetables references our need to eat a variety of good produce. The old adage, “An apple a day…” should be changed to “An apple, vegetable or other fruit per meal”…yeah we know it isn’t as catching but maybe the next time we hear someone say “the apple” phrase we’ll be reminded to eat a vegetable or fruit for every meal. This is one of the easiest things we can do to ensure we are off to a good start particularly since many people starting one of the big four diets (AIP, Paleo, SCD, or Keto diet) tend to lean heavily on the meats to make it through.

Different colored vegetables and fruits provide different nutrients. In fact, in a way, this produce is trying to advertise itself and what it provides. Even if some veggies are similar in color, we still need to switch “the regular” out from time to time because the nutrients vary. Spinach and kale have a similar pigment but both taste a little different and provide different levels of vitamins and minerals. Spinach has more Vitamin A and Manganese whereas Kale has more Vitamin K and Vitamin C. A tip to consume more variety is to make smoothies rather than just a vegetable drink…we can pack tons of superfood in a single smoothie and it tastes great.

Here is a little veggie and fruit chart that can give us ideas on where to begin to capitalize on all colors of produce:

Color

Benefit

Options

Blue/Purple

Anthocyanins

Plums, Pomegranates, Purple Cabbage

Green

Chlorophyll, glucosinolates, lutein, & zeaxanthin

Kale, Spinach, Kiwi

Orange

Alph/Beta carotein & cryptoxanthin

Carrot, Orange, Pumpkin

Red

Anthocyanins, lycopene

Beet, Cherries, Radish

White

Anthoxanthins, organosulfur compounds

Cauliflower, Jerusalem Articoke, Pears

Yellow

Beta-cryptoxanthin, xanthophylls

Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash, Yellow Beets