Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Eating Your Colors

I usually try to eat a wide range of colors: carrots, zucchini, spinach, yellow bell peppers, red radishes, asparagus, mushrooms, lettuce, sweet potatoes, green bell peppers, squash, avocados, red bell peppers, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, plums, oranges, apples, pears, grapes, etc. You get the colorful picture. :-)

However, I have to admit that recently many of our meals haven’t been very colorful. Many times hubby said, “Don’t you want to take a picture for your blog? The meal tastes great.” And I said, “No, it’s just not colorful enough.” So I’m trying to get more colors back into our meals.

Last night’s dinner could have been more colorful, but it’s a start: Mahi Mahi, red quinoa with chickpeas, lemon and dill, and mache salad with avocado (yes, I could have definitely added a bright color there).

Mahi mahi, red quino and mache salad
Red quinoa with quickpeas
Mache salad with avocado

I simply sauteed the mahi mahi for a few minutes on each side and then seasoned it with salt, pepper and the juice of one lemon. I cooked the quinoa for about 15 minutes in vegetable broth and then added a can of organic chickpeas, the juice of one lemon, and lots of dried dill. And the mache salad was lightly dressed with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. A very quick and healthy meal (which could have been even healthier and prettier had I added some more colors to it!).

Questions: Do you pay attention to the colors that you eat? Do you make sure you eat a wide range of colors every day? What colors have you eaten today?
 
Thank you for all your comments and suggestions on my last post regarding the fava beans. I’ll experiment with them later today… I’ll let you know how they turn out!

Be well,
Andrea

28 comments:

  1. Ugh. I really don't pay attention. I tend to get stuck on one or two kinds of fruit & veggies and not mix it up enough beyond that. You've reminding me that I haven't had my lovely spinach in a while. Thanks. :)

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  2. I honestly don't pay attention though I do try to be sure to eat plenty of green :D

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  3. I love putting different colors on my plate! There are so many different colored veggies out there.

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  4. Such a good reminder! Sometimes I think I get so focused on eating my greens that I forget about the rest of the rainbow. I'm going to make an effort to make my salads extra colorful for the rest of the week :)

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  5. Nothing quite like food photography to draw attention to the colours in your meals! I eat a bunch of different colours- not intentionally but it just happens. Today's lunch involved green (spinach), yellow (bell pepper), red (tomato), purple (roasted eggplant) and orange (carrot).

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  6. i don;t consciously try to eat the rainbow but i have to admit, wanting to take prettier pix for the blog does help!

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  7. I don't really pay attention to color. As long as I can eat it I'm totally fine with that. But some color would help the experience a lot more. I do always find that there are plenty of greens on my plate a lot of the time,

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  8. I also try to make an effort to eat colorfully! That dish looks great. I just bought quinoa for the first time and you gave me a great idea of how to cook it :)

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  9. Your hubby sounds like Nick, who seems to pay more attention than I do to the fact that I don't take as many "food pictures" any more than I used to. I think it just got old for me, and my foods aren't always that impressive.

    I do try to get many colors each day, but I tend to eat a lot of orange and greens. Today I had orange, green, purple, a TINY bit of red, and some yellow.

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  10. I just discovered red quinoa a couple weeks ago, yum!

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  11. Yum. That looks great. I try to be colorful. That's one of my goals for my 26th years of life is to eat well rounded meals.

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  12. I usually get a lot of colors in my meals, but don't stress about it! This looks delicious!

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  13. Mahi Mahi is my fav fish. So tasty! I don't pay attention to the colours I eat, but I realize now thinking about it, I do eat a lot of different colours. Maybe just because I like them so much?

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  14. I do like lots of colour on my plate. When it's all beige it's not near as interesting to eat! I'd love to try red quinoa. I'll have to look out for that...

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  15. gosh I try...salads make it easier, and with summer right around the corner I am sure I'll be doing better soon.

    however, last night I made chili and mushroom tocos and THEY were colorful. red peppers, green chilis and brown mushrooms with green cabbage and a sauce.

    oh boy..that was good.

    xoxox

    mahi sounds so good right now.

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  16. We are actually taught this in school when taking food service and cooking classes to be an RD. At least at my school we were. When we did food service projects, this concept was part of the grade. I hated when the hospital would serve white fish or chicken, mashed potatoes, corn and gravy. All the same color, not the right way to do it. You are so right, get all those colors in. Your dinner looks great, and it is not bland looking, not like the dish I just described.

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  17. I love the red quinoa and chick pea idea!

    I definitely have tried to vary up my food to add more colors, and it's so much more fun to eat!

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  18. I try to... and I have time I make sure everything is well combined.. but lately I just want to eat something so I get lucky and colors line up and sometimes not so much.

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  19. I never thought about eating a wide variety of colors - but you are exactly right. That makes so much sense.

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  20. I always try to get a variety of colors.

    Your dinner looks delish! I love the way you seasoned the quinoa.

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  21. I love the idea of eating a wide variety of colors but honestly I get stuck in a rut that last about 3 day and then I move on to another rut. I suppose throughout the week I eat a wide variety of colors just not every day. It's an awesome goal though!

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  22. Looks like a delicious meal! We try to put at least three different colors on the plate, but it doesn't always happen of course.

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  23. Nice! I try to pay attention, too, and find it easiest to add colored peppers, but honestly, many of my meals end up being about the same color - eek!

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  24. i don't neccessarily pay attention to the colors of my food, but then when it comes out i always notice that the more the merrier! i love all veggies and fruit and love to pair things that compliment each other well!!

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  25. YES! i totally pay attention to color - and thank you for making me feel not so crazy. i hate when my meals look bad. i actually cringe sometimes taking shots of the "ugly" food. i am in total agreement - the more color, the better!

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  26. I don't intentionally fill my meals with colors. I do notice that when I have time, there are more colors on the plate, more fresh foods and overall greater variety. I love mache salads, and your plate looks delicious.

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  27. i love this post b/c i try to eat my colors (i dont try, i do!) eat them daily, many times over! and so does the family..if the food isnt colorful, i am not happy!

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  28. I am aware of color because, like you, I take photos of my food. I also think we gravitate toward colorful food just because it entices the eye, and thus the appetite. That being said, though, I have had plenty of days where I've eaten a one-color dish. Take my morning oatmeal, for instance. Definitely blah-looking in terms of color. But thankfully, it's one case where it doesn't have to be colorful to be good for you. ;)

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