Edible Rainbow

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Who doesn’t love a beautiful rainbow? It signifies many different things to different people and cultures. We take delight in rainbows, they fill our hearts with joy and awe.

Whatever your interpretation of a rainbow is, I think we can all agree it signifies the energy of blessings. It tells our soul that the troubles of today will surely pass. The colors brighten our soul and help us to feel hope and inspiration.

We don’t have to wait for the beauty of a rainbow filled sky to bring us that sense of awe and wonder. God of our Universe provided these vibrant colors in all kinds of natures abundance. This salad, LOOK AT THESE AWE INSPIRING, DELICIOUS COLORS! I bet it’s making your taste buds do the happy dance!

Nutrients come in different foods of different colors, so when we select whole foods, in a variety of colors, we can be sure we are choosing foods with a variety of life sustaining, health fortifying nutrients. For instance, this salad is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Let’s look at a couple of them;

Vitamin A & C are found in rainbow colored foods. When you consume “natural”, unprocessed, whole foods colored red, yellow, orange, green, purple and blue, you will be fortifying your body with powerful antioxidants, Immune stimulants, natural antihistamines and the power to form healthy connective tissues.

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin. Which means it is absorbed in the lymph system and transported in the blood. It is then stored in the liver and fatty tissues for later use as needed. Many folks know that Vitamin A helps our eyesight. It works by providing your eyes with rhodopsin, a protein that absorbs light in the retinal receptors. Vitamin A is critical in supporting cell growth, which is key in the formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. Water soluble vitamins are easily dissolved in the body. The kidneys remove excess amounts of these vitamins so they can be excreted in the urine.  Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissue and protect against heart disease.     Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron, decreases total cholesterol, but more importantly decreases levels of the LDL, the “bad” cholesterol (it’s not really a bad cholesterol, more on that in another blog). Vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals. Yes, it’s true, Vitamin C  is a wonder vitamin. We all know how Vitamin C can help ward off the common cold, enough said.

Lastly, you can’t go wrong when you GO GREEN! Green Leafy vegetables provide more nutrients than you can count on your fingers and toes. Because of their high content of antioxidants, green leafy vegetables may be one of the best cancer-preventing foods available. Studies have shown that eating 2 to 3 servings of green leafy vegetables per week may lower the risk of stomach, breast and skin cancer. These same antioxidants have are proven to decrease the risk of heart disease. 2 to 3 servings a week is a good place to start. A goal to shoot for is to eat at least 51% raw (vegetables) each day. But you have to start somewhere! So how can you incorporate more greens into your diet?

Make a salad: Keep salads interesting by varying their colors, textures and varieties, like the picture featured here!
Wrap it up: Make a wrap! You can add animal protein if you like, vegans can wrap up their favorite alternative. Add some romaine lettuce, spinach, arugula, and other veggies for some extra flavor. Avocado makes everything taste better in my opinion, and you will be adding Vitamin E to the equation.
Add to soup: Add greens with larger, tougher leaves such as collard greens, kale or mustard greens into your favorite soup. Smaller more tender greens will just become mushy.
Stir-fry: Add chopped spinach, bok choy or broccoli to chicken or organic tofu, stir-fry with a saturated fat like coconut or palm oil. Add some garlic, onion , ginger and coconut aminos, and wallah!!
Steamed: Steam collard greens, mustard greens, kale or spinach until they are slightly soft.
In an omelet: Add steamed broccoli and/or spinach to an omelet for a vitamin and iron rich meal.

So, enjoy the power of the rainbow every day! And you will be promised a healthier future.

Blessings to you and your health.

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