I don’t mean you have to go out and actually eat a ‘rainbow’ you know the ones that spread across the sky. What i am meaning is that the food that we eat should be naturally colourful. There is nothing so boring than a plate of food that is all of one colour and the chances are that you wouldn’t be getting your fill of all the lovely nutrients by eating just food of one colour either.
When i was a child Sunday lunch was the big dinner for the week and it was always delicious and a treat. Every week there would be a roast, Yorkshire puddings, mother’s lovely gravy, peas and cabbage or cauliflower. My mother would cook the cabbage/cauliflower until they were double dead and then mash them with butter. They were yummy but for many years i believed that that is how they should be cooked, or overcooked. I could still eat either cooked that way although i try to be a little more gentle with such things now, than i used to be.
Tomatoes were only served with breakfast, a cooked breakfast or with salad and that was it. I like nothing better than fresh roasted tomatoes with garlic and a few herbs. And, just now i have a craving for fresh Yorkshire strawberries, they taste of sunshine which we may not be seeing a lot of just lately, but who could resist. So, when you are going shopping for fruit and vegetables think colour. There are colour groups; reds, yellow/oranges, green, white, and blue/purple. We should try to eat something from each colour every day but as long as we eat a variety of colours over a few days we should have all that we need.
Red – apples, beetroot, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes
Green – apples, leeks, green beans, green cabbage
White – onions, cauliflower, garlic, parsnips, potatoes
Yellow/orange – butternut squash, sweet corn, carrots, oranges
Blue/purple – Egg plant, grapes, plums, purple cabbage,
Big chart over here
Why is it important? The answer to that is simple, each colour group contains certain nutrients than the others and although they are all good for us our bodies need a variety of colours to be able to metabolize each one. For instance for our body’s to be able to use the calcium in food it needs vitamin A and D too.
Be adventurous and see what you can find and enjoy.