Taste the Rainbow: Adding Color and Nutrients to Your Plate

This month’s challenge involves creating your own rainbow every day. Incorporating color into your meals transforms a drab plate into something that blesses the eyes, body, and even the soul.

Your Challenge: To eat at least 5 different colors daily to meet your fruit and vegetable intake at least 5 days per week for the whole month.

The bright colors naturally “pretty up” your plate and contain powerful phytonutrients. Each color offers different antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that, together, target all of your body’s needs.

Some of the Body Benefits:

  • Red – Prostate and Breast Health
  • Orange/Yellow – Eye and Immune System Boosts
  • White/Light Brown – Antibacterial (e.g. Garlic) and Minerals (e.g. Seeds)
  • Green – Detox
  • Blue/Purple – Heart Health
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Our God is an awesome God who is so for your health and well-being that He wrote healing mechanisms into creation!  In fact, this brilliant design was meant to point you to His power and character to bring you to a place of awe and praise of Him (Romans 1:20).

Mix it up. Try something new, fresh or frozen. A great recipe that my family tried last week and loved is Black Rice, Corn and Cranberries posted by NY Times Cooking. It tackles all five of your colors in one dish. Yes, I know, the black is actually a grain but this recipe is such a delicious nutritional powerhouse that I think there is grace to count it. (Note: We didn’t like the pumpkin seeds on top, so if you don’t have them, don’t fret. They are so good for you though, so give them a shot if you are already
making a grocery run. Also, I recommend 1 & 1/2 to 2 cups of rice, instead of 1 cup.

Black Rice, Corn and Cranberries
Black Rice, Corn and Cranberries

It gives the dish a more subtle flavor that is not overpowering.)

Keep experimenting and perhaps you’ll stumble upon a new favorite from His garden.

Bless Your Soul As You Nurture Your Body

This challenge just wouldn’t be as beautiful or effective without giving your mind something pure and lovely to chew on as you participate. Let this rainbow on your plate give you a taste of God’s love. Isaiah 54:9 says, “This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you.” (ESV)

The rainbow was a sign of God’s covenant to Noah. A reminder of His promise that appealed to the 5 senses. God is so good to do that: give a tangible way to hold onto faith! This month, your plate is a visual reminder of His promise to all New Covenant believers. Just as surely as He will not flood the earth again, He will never be angry with you or rebuke you.

You may do things sometimes that deserve punishment and criticism. Your sins are still sin, but the anger and punishment you should receive was placed on Jesus! God is just in His promise not to rebuke you, because the penalty has been paid by His precious blood. If you are in Christ you are no longer bound to these habits, but alive to Christ and righteousness. May this revelation truly take root in your heart this month and move you to honor and worship God with your whole heart and body out of love and gratitude for what He’s done.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. (Romans 12:1 NLT)

Image courtesy of nenetus @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of nenetus @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Involve Your Kids in the Challenge

At Yummy Mummy Kitchen you can download a Today I Ate the Rainbow chart, find creative ways to get 5 colors in for your kids, and teach them about eating good food.

Here are some more great ideas for getting your kiddos to eat plenty of fruits and vegies from my friend, Kristen Horler, and other Baby Boot Camp instructors (video below). This video also helps you to understand the why behind some of the changes in the recommendations and some of the best sources of color available. Be blessed!

(Opening image with girl, juice, and fruit courtesy of stockimages @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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