Out the window we saw the most beautiful rainbow. We could see the whole rainbow too. Having just learned more about rainbows and leprechauns, my kindergartener said, "Mama, that's where the golden pot is, right at the bottom of the rainbow!" She's right!
Well, I'm going to twist that just a little bit. Think of our bodies as a golden pot. When we eat right, we can fill our pots with gold. We feel good. We sleep better. We are happier and healthier.
In order to fill our pots with gold, we must eat the colors of the rainbow. Have you ever noticed eating a meal that's all yellow or orange? Macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, applesauce... Not a very well rounded meal.
So let's talk about colors to eat and what would be an easy food to eat at dinner in rainbow colors.
ORANGE: Saturday we picked up some fresh oranges and tangelos from a local farmer's market. Full of vitamin C, we often slice up an orange or two as a side dish for dinner. We also picked up some carrots from this same farmer. He had orange, yellow and purple carrots. Add sliced or grated carrots to your salad.
YELLOW: Bananas are filled with potassium. So healthy. But what about some steamed yellow squash with dinner? They would be my choice over bananas.
GREEN: This one's easy. Leafy green salad filled with spinach, romaine, and other types of lettuce. The more color your lettuce has, the better for you. I add 10 or so leaves of baby spinach to my morning smoothie every day. Doesn't change the flavor, just adds nutrients. Our other favorites in the shade of green are steamed broccoli, steamed peas or even steamed green beans. Flavor them with herbs rather than salt and butter.
BLUE: Blueberries pop into my mind first. Toss some frozen blueberries into your green salad. The kids will LOVE it! What else is blue? Blue cheese?
PURPLE: Have you ever had purple potatoes? They taste just the same. So bake some up for a yummy side dish. Other purple options are eggplant, purple carrots, blackberries, plums, raisins.
So have fun with this. Get the kids involved. Try to eat the rainbow every day. Your body will thank you and your pot of gold will be overflowing.