A colorful plate is a healthy plate, so this week Sarah will be making a rainbow of recipes that are both light and lively. Every day this week we'll be bringing you a new recipe that highlights a different color in the edible rainbow. Today's recipe stars apples, beets, and pomegranate seeds - a meal so rich in red color, it will stain your hands if you're not careful! Read on to see why you should be aiming to eat more of this ruby hue.
Apples, beets, and pomegranate seeds are a particularly powerful combination because they all have different health benefits.
Polyphenols (a type of antioxidants) are found in spades in apples, especially in the red skin skin. A Cornell study found that the there are five times more polyphenols in the skin of Red Delicious apples than in the flesh. This same study also found that the humble Red Delicious has some of the highest antioxidant levels of any apple variety. Red for the win!
In addition to polyphenols, pomegranate seeds contain anthocyanins, another powerful antioxidant that can slow the growth of cancer cells and protect you from heart disease. Check out our pomegranate primer for suggestions on how to choose and use pomegranates.
Beets take their red hue seriously (beware, white cutting boards!) and they have a unique rosy pigment, betalain, which can help fight cancer and even boost brainpower. Because betalain is such a unique compound, and not found in many other fruits and veggies, t's especially important to sneak in beets to get the widest variety of nutrients. Looking for a healthy snack? Try these tasty beet chips.