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I don’t know about you but I could definitely use more fruits and vegetables in my diet and the best way to do that is to Eat the Rainbow. You might be wondering why, what that even means, or even how you are supposed to Eat the Rainbow.
Well over the next few weeks, I will be going over all of that by color along with sharing some yummy recipes to help you along the way because lets face it, if it doesn’t taste good, we aren’t going to eat it, LOL.
What does it mean to Eat the Rainbow?
When someone says, Eat the Rainbow, we normally think of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables that fit within that rainbow. You probably remember ROY G BIV, the acronym for the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
I will also be adding another color that is not part of the traditional rainbow and that color is white. Yes, even white foods have their place in our diet.
Many of us probably eat a few items from each of these colors, but the majority of us don’t get nearly enough and definitely not nearly enough variety. We have a tendency to go for more fruits than vegetables because they are sweeter, but we can’t forget about the veggies!
Throughout the course of this blog series, we will get into all the nitty-gritty of why eating each color is important.
Why is it important to Eat the Rainbow?
Each color of the rainbow, as applied to food (to include white) have vital nutrients that we need. These nutrients include, but are not limited to, various vitamins, antioxidants, and carotenoids. We will learn more details about these as they apply to each color that we cover.
Those vital nutrients that are available through eating a variety of colorful foods, can help with reducing the risk of heart disease, promote eye and skin health, boosts memory, help fight inflammation and so much more!
I truly believe we can heal ourselves through food. I don’t discount doctors or medicine at all, I just believe that eating a variety of healthy foods helps us be stronger from the inside out.
How do you Eat the Rainbow everyday?
This is where things can get a little dicy for some people. See, in order to Eat the Rainbow you should have some of those colorful foods on your plate for every meal. Yes, every meal to include breakfast!
We normally think the only way to eat the rainbow is to have a salad or roast a variety of vegetables and although those two things work, it would be hard to do that each and every day. I know I would get bored real quick if those were my only options!
So you might be wondering what I have in mind. It’s easy to add veggies to your breakfast by mixing them into a smoothie. My son is super picky and as long as the overall smoothie tastes like banana and strawberry he could care less what is in it and let me tell you I load that baby up because it’s the only way to get him to eat them – like kale, spinach, avocado, mango, berries, etc.
For lunch, try a variety of fresh and cooked veggies. You can easily add extra to soups, salads, Buddha bowls, sides, stir-fries, etc. Even if you are just nibbling on some fresh veggies as a snack with humus or dip.
For dinner, it’s similar to lunch. I like to sneak extra veggies in our tacos, like finely diced peppers and onions. I also try and add extra veggies to stir-fries and soups. You can even make the veggie the star of the show like having tomato or carrot soup.
Eat the Rainbow with Epicure
You might be wondering how Epicure comes into play with eating the rainbow. My goal for this series is to get you eating more fruits and veggies and actually enjoying them. I am even going to do a challenge in my group with trying new foods from each of the different color categories!
Eat the Rainbow – Wrap Up
We learned we need to eat a variety of colors because each color has specific nutrients that help us stay healthy and live longer. Through the course of this series, I will be sharing recipes that are easy and tasty to help you eat the rainbow.
If you are ready to jump in with some Rainbow recipes, these should get you started!