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Eating Rainbows in 2014

January 14, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are experts that encourage eating different colors of food – reds, white, greens etc. The nutrition varies, they say. But eating isn’t just nutrition.

After all, how many “nutritionally complete” products exist that are dismissed for tasting like cardboard? More than that, what does eating rainbows mean?

We have variety – including heirlooms that are different from what many are used to seeing. Most have seen peppers that are red or green, sometimes orange or yellow. Purple, white and other colors aren’t as common!

Carrots in not just orange but white, purple, red and yellow. Salads are green and red. There’s melons in orange, white, yellow and other flesh colors. Tomatoes in white, gold, red, purple, black, orange, yellow and even striped!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOh and then there are the edible flowers! Colors indeed! All are (like all of these foods) nonGMO, and many are heirlooms. It means not just eating rainbows but eating antiques! A desk preserved for 100 years, or 200 years, is valued as historic. Ever see the dark indigo edibles?

How about a pepper? A tomato? We get comfortable and select from what the stores have, and the majority of the population are blissfully unaware that other options exist. Some even bemoan the lack of food choices, while not selecting among the thousands of food choices that are there. Violets are seen as a pretty flower, but little more. Color! We eat with our eyes too – visual makes a difference.

Ever see a teenager (or our beloved men) stand in front of an open fridge because he’s looking for something to eat? It’s full (or not!) but finding what is wanted at that time is more apt to be the case. Glass refrigerator doors would save so much energy!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMagnify that and you can understand our frustration to hear people talk about there’s no food choices! When faced with the numbers of choices it might be overwhelming…and easy to retreat to familiar. Comfortable. Ordinary.

Be bold in 2014. Eat well and eat colorful! Take a breath, stifle the overwhelm and let’s figure out what your rainbow looks like! Food fresh from the field, often within a day of being picked. You know where it’s grown, how it’s grown and can have a colorful meal even if you’re not an adventurous eater. Who knows – those picky eaters might just eat colors. Sign up today.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2014 3:48 PM

    Did you read about purple carrots in the new book Eating On The Wild Side, too? Extremely healthful, apparently, to the point of reversing the effects of the Standard American Diet in rats. And purple-fleshed potatoes are supposed to lower high blood pressure! I’ll be testing that one out myself.

    • January 14, 2014 4:19 PM

      We have a focus on different – so these things came to view a few years ago. We’re working on 2014 choices for ourselves and others! Thanks for stopping by!

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