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3 Food Items That Bear the Illuminating ‘Color of the Year’

Start eating healthier this 2021 by incorporating these yellow food into your diet!

For 2021, it was announced that the colors of the year are Ultimate Gray (PANTONE 17-5104) and Illuminating (PANTONE 13-0647). The colors, which are dull gray and bright yellow, were chosen by their 20-man team at the Pantone Color Institute. The institute is in charge of deciding on the color for a specific year, based on the environment and attitude of people around the world.

The decision comes after the whirlwind of events in 2020 — from a pandemic to political and environmental issues. According to the institute, they chose a color combination that sends “a message of happiness supported by fortitude… [because] we need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.” (Read: A Prayer for Good Health and Protection)

And as some think that the colors of the year bring luck into people’s lives, they would often wear clothes of that shade on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day itself. But why not level it up by eating food that is also in that shade? My Pope lists some yellow and healthy food items that you can munch on this year — we would have included gray, but there isn’t necessarily gray food available at the grocery!

Food for 2021: Mangoes and Bananas

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We have always been reminded to eat fruits daily because it will benefit our health, especially in the long run. And luckily, the Philippines is an agricultural country that produces various fruits— including mangoes and bananas! (Read: Travel Around Philippines With These Fruits in Season!)

According to experts, mangoes are packed with vitamins and can help improve our hair and skin health, as well as improve our digestion. On the other hand, bananas are good for your heart health and blood pressure— and gives you energy without the extra cholesterol and fats!

Food for 2021: Potatoes

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While this isn’t exactly as bright as the color of the year, potatoes are a good substitute for rice. It’s versatile and can be made into mashed potatoes, salad, fries, chips, and even just bite-size potato snacks! (Read: 3 Ways to Turn Holiday Leftovers Into Healthy Work Meals)

Not only is it versatile and easy to cook, but potatoes are also loaded with vitamins and minerals your body needs. They are packed with magnesium, potassium (even more than bananas!), and iron which helps in carrying oxygen to the different parts of the body through the red blood cells. It’s also low calorie but filling— meaning you’ll be eating less than you would when it’s rice on your plate. The fiber in it makes you feel full for a longer time, preventing you from eating at ungodly hours.

Food for 2021: Lemon

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The color of the year is almost always described as a bright ‘lemony’ color, which makes lemon the perfect fruit for this list. While people don’t necessarily “eat” lemons, it’s still good to incorporate them into your diet through sauces, juices, or dressings. (Read: How do you eat healthy while in quarantine? We asked a nutritionist-dietician!)

For one, lemons can help protect you from anemia as it improves the body’s absorption of iron— a key factor in preventing iron-deficiency anemia. It can also help you avoid kidney stones through its citric acid, which increases urine pH and volume. Lastly, the vitamin C found in lemons can reduce heart disease risk as it is already 51% of our Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for vitamin C!

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