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Ridding Your Food Rut – Part 3 Color

yellow food

Last week I talked about adding in some simple ways to add more vegetable variety to your meals. This week I’d like to share a useful way of thinking about the food you eat and creating more play in your day to day experiences with what and how you’re eating.  This would be by way of color.

As you have read in my previous posts, every color fruit and vegetable has an abundance of unique health components that are essential to health.  Eating plenty of healthy produce helps prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, cancer, vision problems and guards against many other chronic ailments.

Today, since I have just focused on a week-long detox of my own emphasizing eating a plethora of color, I’d like to challenge you to start thinking about how many different color plant foods you are consuming on a regular basis.  Are you stuck on two colors, green and (lettuce and tomatoes?)

I’ll pick just one today for fun.  The color, yellow.

Yellow foods play a huge role in our body’s energy system.  Yellow citrus, loaded with vitamin C, are re-vitalizing and anti-oxidant rich.  They both support the liver in ridding toxins and excess hormones.

Nuts and seeds are also in this category.  They are rich in vitamins B and E, as well as iron, magnesium and zinc.  Even butter provides important vitamin D and E, helpful in shutting off the chronic inflammatory response.

Yellow is also the color associated with joy, happiness, intellect and energy.  It produces a warming effect, stimulates mental activity and arouses cheerfulness.  Every woke up in a bad mood, only to put on your brightest colored shirt and suddenly your spirit lifts?  Just sayin.

Here are some stimulating vegetable, fruit and spice ideas…

  • Sauteed Yellow Peppers with Yellow Onions and Saffron
  • Yellow Zucchini Scramble with Golden Arugula Flowers (see picture above for arugula flowers)
  • Yellow Tomatoes and Golden Corn Salad
  • Curried Yellow Sweet Potato and Parsnip Mash
  • Frozen Banana with Turmeric, Honey and Coconut Manna
  • Pineapple Salad with Yellow Raisins
  • Lemon/Lime-Aid sweetened with Stevia
  • Turmeric Tea with Honey

After yellow, go for purple, pink, orange, red and green!  There’s so much to cover….

Here is a simple quote or affirmation that I love!

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” ~Edward de Bono

Please post below what creative things are you planning that involve yellow food?  Please don’t say French Fries!

 

 

Cat Dillon

This blog is my journal, where I share everything wellness. From tips on healthy lifestyle to creating as much deliciousness in your life as possible.

Cat Dillon is the Cat in Caterpillar Nutrition and Wellness.

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