Color blind

29 Dec

Growing up in the midwest brought gray white winters and rich green summers.  The sky, when it was blue with billowy clouds floating along, was mesmerizing to watch.  The intense crispness of the blue sky juxtaposed with the fluff of the white clouds could capture your attention for a good long time.   Seeing the green of the grass after months of stark gray white snow piled everywhere was a treat for the senses.  Looking up into a crab apple tree that graced every neighborhood was a feast for the eyes.  The brown bark, the pinkish red apples with a slight sheen, the bright green leaves were lovely to gaze upon.  Gazing into my moms beautiful and well kept flower garden was a feast for the eyes.  The blooms, the leaves, the colors were just magnificent!  I have always been grateful for my eyesight, trying to fully appreciate colors bursting to life.

Color somewhat inspires my passion to cook.  When creating a dish or a meal, color is part of the method.  I like balance with color sometimes.  Other times, a burst of color is called for when creating a culinary delight.  Colors, scents, and texture can make or break a recipe.  Colors in food also can add beneficial antioxidants to our diet.  Colors, or pigment, in food is not a nutrient, but contain great health benefits.  So look at colors and, as I have encouraged before, strive for eating 5 different colors a day.  Need a list to help choose, shop and organize your colors?  Ok,  Here goes.

Red:

  • apple
  • bell pepper
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • cherries
  • watermelon
  • beets
  • tomatoes
  • ruby red grapefruit
Green:
  • bell peppers
  • grapes
  • celery
  • lettuce/greens
  • limes
  • avocados
  • cucumbers
  • green beans
  • green apples
  • brussel sprouts
  • broccoli
  • asparagus

Orange/Yellow

  • bell peppers
  • peaches
  • oranges
  • peaches
  • lemon
  • pineapple
  • corn
  • sweet potatoes
  • summer squash
  • carrots
  • apricots

Blue/purple:

  • blueberries
  • plums
  • prunes
  • grapes
  • blackberries
  • eggplant
  • figs

There is even a small white category which includes cauliflower, bananas, mushrooms, onions, potatoes and garlic.  Grab a handful of blueberries.  Roast some cauliflower.  Munch on some baby carrots.  I keep a plate of fresh fruit ont he kitchen table at all times, making it easy to grab a nutritious snack.  The fruit plate is a great reminder to choose a variety and to eat healthy.  So don’t be color blind!  Get those 5 colors in daily!  Let us always remember: 

“The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine.”
– Hippocrates

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