Orange is such a happy, vibrant happy color—it makes me smile! Orange food has the same effect. It looks great on the plate as well as delivering some tremendous health benefits. As I was shopping for this past weekend, I found some wonderful orange fruits and veggies to add to my menus. It’s the carotenes that give many of these vegetables their orange color and different carotenes deliver different health benefits:

• Beta-carotene – A fat soluble pro-vitamin that the body converts into Vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant. It is thought to play a role in protecting cells, essential for vision and boosting the immune system, beta-carotene has been cited as having cancer fighting properties.
• Alpha-…