Have you ever heard of eating a rainbow? It’s a great way to try new foods, encourage healthy eating habits, and get lots of nutrition, vitamins and minerals into your body. I think a great diet can really help anxiety sufferers too as you’re getting all you need from food and nutrition, this can help create balance. I think it’s great for kids too because you can make meal times really fun and interactive. It’s always worth adding a few rainbow foods to your shopping list, especially if they are ones you don’t have very often and finding different ways to cook with them.
These can go great in salads and desserts. I love to slice up peppers, grill and serve on the side. They add lots of lovely colour to salads too. Tomatoes are a complete staple in my diet, I love them! I am a big fan of berries too and love mixing them in smoothies, salads and yoghurts.
Raspberries, Strawberries, Red Grapes, Tomatoes, Red Peppers, Watermelon
I always think of these as energy foods. Yellow foods remind me of summer and they’re so vibrant. They add a real sharpness to dishes, are versatile and often full in flavour. A slice or two and squeeze of lemon in slightly warm water the moment you wake up is great for flushing out the body and giving you a boost of energy. Pineapple is one of my favourite fruits and I’ll be munching on that in the later stages of pregnancy.
Pineapple, Peaches, Yellow Peppers, Swede, Lemons, Sweetcorn
Orange foods make me think of autumn. They are wholesome and delicious. I love using squash in curries, I love cooking with pumpkins and oranges are one of my go to juicy fruits all year around. Apricots are great for fibre too.
Apricots, Sweet Potato, Carrots, Pumpkin, Oranges, Butternut Squash
Green foods are versatile, often quite bland in flavour and go well with pretty much every dish. Every lunch and dinner should have something green. They have a certain freshness to them I think and often work well steamed, slow cooked, in salads and raw. I add spinach to most dishes I cook, particularly pasta or curries because they just get into the food so quickly and a great source of iron. Eating iron rich foods with dinner alongside a glass of fresh orange juice helps the iron absorb into your blood.
Spinach, Kale, Brocolli, Peas, Green Grapes, Apples
I think purple foods usually add a bit of crunch and colour. I also feel they make dishes feel a bit exotic. I absolutely love Blueberries in smoothies and desserts!
Aubergine, Purple (Red) Cabbage, Purple Grapes, Prunes, Blueberries
How do you eat a rainbow? What are you favourite colourful foods?