Look to the rainbow

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Over the next couple weeks, we're going to be talking A LOT about the amazing benefits of fruits and vegetables in the meeting room and working towards getting in a minimum of 5 servings a day - are you up for the challenge??

Fruits and veggies are like mini superheroes packed with goodness! The antioxidants (like vitamin E, C & beta carotene) contained in fruits and veggies help your body to stave off various diseases and fight the free radicals. You can read more about the benefits of fruits & veggies here or in Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health or 10 Steps to Healthy Eating. If you need a little more inspiration be sure to check out this post and if you are a visual person and want to track your progress in this challenge, be sure to check out Heather's chart.

This week we are focusing on COLOUR so I thought I would show you how I incorporated colour in my meals the last 2 weeks:

My yummy steamed greens from Fresh before the Fresh screening.

My favourite salad that you see all the time! This time with corn, salsa, avocado, cucumbers and marinated tofu. (I ate this like three times last week)

Red-lentil cauliflower curry (from Veganomican) with some kale chips and tortilla chips. This curry is AWESOME!! It has so much flavor and the ingredients are simple. Absolutely delicious and incredibly filling (and yellow!)

My beautiful produce from the farmers market on Thursday morning

I was bouncing around my office all day. I was so excited about everything I bought and couldn't wait to go home and make brown rice pasta with basil pesto, asparagus & baby zucchinis (in green and yellow)

Lemon lentil soup (with broccoli, kale, parsley, lemons, carrots and celery)

Leftover pasta with green beans, squash and tempeh.

A yummy snack of mango, banana & kiwi

Banana soft serve with agave mixed with cocoa powder. (Please tell me you've tried this because it's amazing!)

And a slice of my first homemade raw dessert - raw key lime pie!

Such a great recipe from Meals that Heal Inflammation (review coming this month!) It was really easy to make and absolutely delish!

What is your favourite way to add COLOUR to your meals and snacks?


misssarahlou said...

We talked about this in this mornings meeting too. Our leader set a challenge for us each to have minimum 3 different colors per day. I am looking forward to this challenge.

My favorite way to add color to breakfast is with berries, I love mixing, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries with yoghurt and cereal. Also I like to make my salads colorful, the nicer they look, the nicer they taste!

Great food pics as always! :o)

GF Gidget said...

ummm.... YUM! I eat with my eyes so color is muey importante. I have yet to try the banana soft serve recipe because all of our frozen bananas keep finding their way into my husby's green monsters! Heaven forbid he not be able to drink one every morning. I've created a monster!

Robin said...

Loved the WW meeting on Saturday, Ash! On our way back, we stopped in at the Danforth market and picked up some very colourful fruits and veggies! Last night for dinner we had a colourful spinach salad with chicken and tons of veggies. This morning, an egg white omelette with lots of vegetables. Tonight, a hoisin stirfry with beautiful green snap peas, carrots and mushrooms. Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

LOVING all these colorful fruits and veggies! I totally agree in the importance of getting in as many serving as possible of both food groups. The benfits are sooooo amazing, and there are so many to choose from!

I love creating colorful fruit salads. The more color, the better!


K8 said...

Thanks for posting this topic. I was sad to have missed the meeting this week but i'll be there this week!

Nachos said...

OMG! Thanks for the banana soft serve link... I ordered 2kg of organic bananas last week, not realising exactly how many bananas 2kg is and wasn't sure how to go about using them all before they get to "banana cake" stage! This looks amazing, I can't wait to try it!

The key lime pie is just adorable... what were your thoughts on taste??? I've always been curious about raw recipes, but have had bad luck with a couple...

As far as adding colour to my day goes... I'm a huge fan of bento boxes. So, instead of the standard aussie lunch of a sandwich, piece of fruit & chocolate bar or mini packet of chips, I normally fill my bento with a variety of things in snack-like portions.

E.g. One layer of bento is normally divided in two and reserved for morning tea & afternoon tea.

Morning tea is normally a fruit salad (berries, melon, banana... whatever I've got at home) and afternoon tea is raw veggies (snow peas, daikon radish, capsicum etc.) and a tablespoon or two of mixed nuts/seeds.

Lunch takes up the other layer in my bento and varies greatly but is always veggie based!

Rebecca said...

I am blinded by all the wonderful colors! Awesome pics, I will definitely be thinking about this when I am preparing dinner tonight.

Lauren said...

I always try to have a variety of color in my diet! :) Love the pics, everything looks delish!

Mary said...

I LOVE the summer. The colourful, fresh produce is divine to look at and to eat. I like radishes for a little crunch and unique taste in a salad. Right now, cherries are especially good too. It looks like red is in.

Robin said...

In preparation for this Saturday's WW meeting, I thought I'd show you some of the dishes I made and how colourful my food was this week! Click my name and check it out. See you this weekend!

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