I will be eating these Rainbow Lettuce Wraps on repeat for the foreseeable future. They are SO insanely delicious.
I made sure to hit all the flavours with this one:
And I love how pretty the setup is. I’ll most likely add this to our summer potluck line-up.
If you’ve hung around my social platforms long enough, you’ve most likely heard me say how important it is to “eat a rainbow.”
And there’s a good reason for it.
The pigments that give each fruit or vegetable its colour have their own unique set of vitamins, minerals and/or phytonutrients.
We recommend our acne clients over in The Clear Skin Solution eat a rainbow to ensure they’re getting a wide range of skin-loving nutrients – especially antioxidants. Bonus? Antioxidants also double up as anti-inflammatory foods, too!
This is a total win-win situation because according to a 2016 study, “oxidative stress and inflammation set the stage for all subsequent pathogenic factors leading to acne.” (1)
Antioxidants include a number of familiar nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E; minerals selenium and zinc; and carotenoids like lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene.
Aside from helping reduce systemic (that’s body-wide) inflammation and oxidative stress, here are a few ways antioxidants can benefit the skin:
Let’s dig into each colour, the nutrient(s) they provide, and the foods to find them in.
Red fruits and vegetables contain lycopene, an antioxidant that may help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. They’re also a good source of vitamin C, which is important for a strong immune system and skin health.
Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are high in beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for vision, immune function, and healthy skin. These foods are also good sources of vitamin C and potassium.
Green fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins A and C, as well as iron and calcium. They’re also a good source of phytonutrients like chlorophyll and lutein, which may reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. Chlorophyll also helps support liver detoxification.
Blue and purple fruits and vegetables like blueberries, blackberries, and eggplant are high in anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that may protect against cancer and heart disease. They’re also a good source of vitamin C and fibre.
Eat more: blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, red cabbage, and purple grapes.
White fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, onions, and garlic are high in allicin, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. They’re also a good source of potassium and vitamin C.
When it comes to eating a rainbow, variety is key. Make a mental note throughout your day (or week) to ensure you’re getting all the colours in. Your body and skin will thank you for it.