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Healthy Eating Tip: Eat a Rainbow

Are you sticking to foods that are mostly white like bread and pasta? Or are you chowing down on a lot of orange foods such as carrots and sweet potatoes? When it comes to eating a balanced diet full of nutrients, don't just stick to one color. Every day try to eat an array of foods that are from all the colors of the rainbow. Get creative and add splashes of color to the foods you already love. Throw in some peas and mushrooms into your pasta sauce, add corn and red peppers to your black-bean soup or top your pizza with broccoli. Not only will you be getting extra vitamins and minerals, but it's a great way to prevent boredom in your diet.


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Leaia Leaia 8 years
RAINBOW!!!: Brown=whole wheat bread, pasta, wild or whole wheat rice Purple=eggplant, plums, grapes Blue=blueberries, blue corn Green=spinach, peas, green peppers, green beans, zucchini, avocado, cucumber, pears, green apples Yellowish=chickpeas, corn, squash Orange=sweet potatoes, carrots, citrus Red=red peppers, apples, red grapes (oh wait they cause energy lapses), peaches
doogirl doogirl 9 years
jdeprima- thanks for the tips on the soba noodles. I've got a package in my pantry that I've had for a couple of months, but have had no idea what to do with them!
ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
I'm in love with red, yellow and orange peppers right now. I also eat baby spinach, english cucumbers, carrots, mushrooms...anything!!
Haethre Haethre 9 years
corn has no nutritional value and is a starch. I'm so tired of health people treating it like a health food!! soba noodles are delicious with broccoli as well. usually my dinner is tofu, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes and carrots stir-fried in 1 tbs. vegetable oil. w/ a bit of sesame seeds on top. it's deelish! another good option for breakfast (and I do this whenever my blender's clean) are smoothies. I toss plain lowfat yogurt, fresh berries, a banana, half a a carrot and spinach together and am full until lunchtime.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Maybe... ;)
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
To anyone who intends to make the soba noodles, two things are vital to making it taste wonderful: a splash of vinegar and a tiny drizzle of sesame oil. And for the uninitiated, soba noodles chill beautifully (unlike regular pasta, which gets gummy), so they're great for summer dishes. Try them cold with grated carrots and chopped cucumber!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
kia kia 9 years
We are really good at this in our home. We get a wide array of veggies and made it a goal over a year ago not to let any of them go to waste. They pop up everywhere in our meals.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
How about brown for chocolate? :)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
"stir-fry of broccoli, red bell pepper, mushrooms, carrots, and scallions over a little heap of soba noodles and sprinkled with sesame seeds and nutritional yeast"-This sounds good. I might have to make this. I think for the most part I have a decent variety of color.
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm trying!
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
jdeprima.. dang, that sounds really good.
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
Lack of color in my food makes me sad...tonight was a quick stir-fry of broccoli, red bell pepper, mushrooms, carrots, and scallions over a little heap of soba noodles and sprinkled with sesame seeds and nutritional yeast. Pretty, yummy, and the whole thing took 15 minutes.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I eat very few white foods, actually. I think most of my diet is "colorful"...I eat a lot of dark leafy greens, tomatoes, peas, carrots, apples, berries, yogurt, brown rice, tuna, etc. I think the only really "white" thing in my diet is skim milk.
laellavita laellavita 9 years
I try to do this all the time, and one way I figured out how to keep myself on track is to make sure there is a "rainbow" in my shopping basket whenever I stock up on fruits and vegetables at the market (I combine blue/purple because that one's hard!). But I have to have a rainbow of each, so usually I buy apples, oranges, bananas, green grapes, and blueberries for fruits, and then red peppers, carrots, summer squash, broccoli, and eggplant or red onion (because it looks pretty purple) for my vegetables. That way, I have tons of diversity to choose from when I'm hungry :)
wren1 wren1 9 years
I totally need to work on this...
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