This Simple Mindset Tweak Will Give You ALL The Nutrients

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How’s your 2018 going so far? If you’ve let some of your New Year’s intentions slide, that’s totally normal—it turns out 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. It could be that the goal isn’t specific enough, is overly ambitious, or simply doesn’t fit in with your lifestyle. Whatever the reason, even the highest achievers among us can start to fizzle out right about now. The good news is, it’s not too late to turn your progress around!

In the lead-up to National Green Juice Day on January 26, mbg and Evolution Fresh will be offering small, actionable challenges to help you keep your clean eating intentions in check using—you guessed it—greens!

Let’s get into today’s #GotMyGreens challenge! Today, we’re diving into one simple way to make sure you’re eating well throughout the entire day.

Day 4 Challenge: Eat the rainbow.

Today is all about adding new colors to your plate. The shade of fruits and vegetables are actually clues as to what nutrients those foods hold. Greens, which should play an extra prominent role in your day, contain feel-good nutrients like carotenoids, indoles, and saponins.

You can round out the nutrients in greens by working other shades onto your plate or into your glass. Here are some foods to get you started, along with their unique nutritional properties.

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Foods: Red berries like strawberries and raspberries, red bell peppers, tomatoes, red apples, and cherries.

Nutrition: Lycopene, which can help support the body in many ways.

Orange & Yellow

Foods: Carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squashes and pumpkins, oranges, lemons, papaya, mangoes, and peaches.

Nutrition: Carotenoids including beta-carotene, which convert to vitamin A in the body.

Blue & Purple

Foods: Blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, beets, cabbage, grapes, plums, and different-colored versions of cauliflower and kale.

Nutrition: The antioxidant anthocyanin.

While this whole rainbow food thing can seem overwhelming at first, it doesn’t have to be. One way to easily get a bunch colors into your life is to find a juice you like that has a few different fruits and vegetables of varying colors.

Whatever positive changes you’re looking to make in your life this year, know that it’s never too late to start to get more greens and the delicious foods that support them. Keep finding enjoyable adjustments to make in your daily life and you’ll be on the right path to creating lasting change.

Keep mbg and Evolution Fresh updated on your progress with the handle #GotMyGreens. Make a beautiful rainbow bowl for dinner? Pack 5 colors into your lunch? We want to see! And don’t forget to enter our sweeps on Instagram (rules here). Tune in tomorrow for your final challenge.

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