Editors Note: This is a Contribution from Eric Hulse.
“Food that’s beautiful to look at seems to taste better than food that isn’t.” – Emeril Lagasse
If you’re like most people, when you look down at your dinner plate, you’ll most likely see two colors, beige and white. On a good day, if you’re feeling adventures, perhaps a pale green. Foods with these shades are probably fried (beige), refined (white), and frozen (pale green). Now although all colors are beautiful in their own right and in the correct setting, this particular combination at dinner time calls for a little sprucing up!
As a kid, I remember dinner time being like entering an art gallery! There were so many colors and textures. The food always looked inspiring and was presented with love and from a place of beauty. I was very fortunate to have this experience as a child. As an adult, I not only see food as nourishment but something to respect and admire.
Turing an otherwise dull and boring dinner plate palette into an artistic expression of colorful cuisine is easier than you think! Ditch the “dead” grub and add more LIVING, LOVING, FRESH WHOLESOME FOODS!
Below is a simple list of Beautiful Foods to help you get started!
Swiss chard is a gorgeous vegetable to look at. The stems have beautiful shades of reds, yellows, and purples which reach up and blend through their deep, dark green leafs. The added health benefits of swiss chard make this vegetable even more attractive. They are a great source of phytonutrients which is a plant chemical which is known for its protective, disease-preventing compounds. Those colorful stems are more than just for show. They contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification agents.
Peppers are one of the most diverse vegetables pertaining to color and beauty. They come in a rainbow of shades, including green, red, yellow, orange, and even purple, brown, and black. I love placing fresh peppers in my salad not only for taste, but they really know how to brighten up a plate! Much like swiss chard, peppers are a top source for phytochemicals. In addition, they are loaded with fiber, vitamins, beta-carotene which may help protect cancer.
Quinoa is a grain-like crop that has been around for over 5,000 years. It was a staple crop to the Incas who believed it gave them power and stamina! They come in vibrant shapes of red and yellow. It is a complete protein which makes is suitable for vegetarians or those looking to cut back on meat intake. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent food for those who have a sensitivity. It’s also high in iron and calcium, and is a good source of manganese, magnesium and copper, as well as fiber.
Papayas are bold, strong, and colorful fruit. The outsides have beautiful blends of greens, yellows, and oranges. On the inside the dark black seeds really stand out against the vibrant shades of orange. It’s actually very stunning to see! Papayas can be eaten fresh, juiced, fermented, or made into an herbal tea. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, C and E. They contain small amounts of calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin. It is also very rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotene, very high in vitamin C plus A, and low in calories and sodium.
One can’t go wrong with apples! They really are a perfect fruit. Not only do they come in a variety of colors, but also textures and tastes! Apples have several protective properties that have been known to protect our bones, prevent alzheimer’s, lower cholesterol, and prevent cancer. They are also a great source of fiber and immune-boosting vitamin C.
I hope this list has shed some light on the benefits of adding color into your diet. Make some slow gradual changes, prepare your food with love and care, and before you know it, your plate with be your canvas!
“Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress.” – Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888)
Eric Hulse is a Holistic Health Coach. His practice focuses on teaching parents how to regain control of their health in order to improve the health of their families. Visit his website or follow him on Facebook for tips on how to increase your energy, reduce daily stress, and regain your happiness.
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