People attracted to colorful healthy meals?

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Yes, you can now have a healthy meal that is colorful too.You may not like eating spinach or collard green. Or, even know what they look like. But on a plate I can dress them up for eye appeal for it to reach your mouth fast.

Think you can be attracted to colorful healthy meals if you learned some tips and tricks?

“Not dressing up the meal with color is like sending someone out of the house without clothes” – Japanese proverb

Perhaps you never considered how easy it to decorate a plate and fool the picky eaters. I grew up on iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers for a salad. I don’t remember my mother even taking out a jar of olive oil and vinegar for a dressing. I think she was a Kraft salad dressing mom. I was a plain eater so these bottled foods never attracted my eyes. Today I make my own.

Attracting more bites from your meal?

You may be saying “I don’t have the time” or “I don’t know where to begin.” I thought that way too. But, I have gradually become more flexible to learn more of how I can.

Tricks…

Let’s take a tour of the produce department…

With a farmer’s market you know farmers sell many varieties of produce. Or, check your health food store or chain supermarket. If you live in a big city you have a lot of variety like I do. Are you seeing bell peppers? Green? Green is considered unripe. If you don’t see them in your market, perhaps as a gardener, think of growing your own colorful varieties and sizes. Imagine these in your meal? Red, yellow or orange peppers. Or start with one new color to your usual green.

Cabbage: Which one–green or red?

Squash: yellow or green

Lettuce: bib, romaine, iceberg or…

Tomatoes:

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Homegrown colorful healthy meals with ripe tomatoes

As you can see there are many ways to decorate and make people attracted to your colorful healthy meals and plate.

Just like trees they come in different shapes, colors and kinds. That can be just like your meal.

Stop Your Own Insanity…

Don’t stress over the color of pepper or cabbage. Just learn how to play with the colors and make the meal very colorful.

Now what…

Now it is time for you to think about how you can add more color into your meals. These are just teasers but really tricks and tips I use myself.

Did you know…

With bright, colorful fruits and vegetables you can find high amounts of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. So variety is really the spice of life in your meals.

The majority of bright, deeply colored fruits and vegetables contain high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, with different colors providing different benefits.

The Challenge…

Now is your turn to see how you can make your meals filled with more color to get the food eaten off the plate faster. I love eating this way and I probably grew up like you. If I can change I invite to you to consider changing even if it means a baby step at a time. Yes you can!!

Go organic when you can!!!

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Carol Giambri is a writer, photographer, gardener and health food specialist living a green lifestyle for decades. She sees beauty around her and always has her camera in hand. It can be a dog, fruit, vegetable, cloud or whatever catches her eyes. She loves saving money, coaching people how to embrace healthy eating, gardening and living. Carol is now raising “worms.”

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Alexandra McAllister August 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Love the article and photo. Those tomatoes look delicious!! Carol! You always give such great info and tips! You’re right…a colorful plate is much more appetizing! Like you, I also grew up with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers with Kraft dressing! How things have changed! I’m looking forward to going to our farmer’s market soon. Have a super day!

Meryl Hershey Beck August 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

This was fun to read. I love vegetables and I like the artistry of making them look pretty. My signature salads include the beauty of pansies on top. I don’t know about nutritional value, but they surely look beautiful. Writing this reminds me that I have never photographed them….which I will do when pansies return to my garden in the fall (in AZ we grow salad veggies in the fall-winter-spring).

Marie Leslie August 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Great post, Carol. I am always looking to add color in my cooking. When we planted our garden this year, we decided to focus on varieties of our favorite veggies in unusual colors and shapes that we couldn’t find at the market. It has made our gardening more fun and our garden meals much more colorful.

Mandy Edwards August 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I am with Meryl. I like to arrange my veggies to look pretty!

Carol Giambri August 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Mandy, what it takes to get it down is worth doing. I like to play with the colors and see what I come up for a meal.

Carol Giambri August 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Marie, Sounds like a great idea with variety of colors and types. Variety is really the spice to the meal and table.

Carol Giambri August 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Meryl, Pansy do have some value. Like in respiratory problems you can use the tea for such a thing as throat and cold issues. Lucky you.

Carol Giambri August 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Alexandra, Wow, we may have had the same mom and didn’t know it. The tomatoes are from my garden last year and were delicious. Waiting on this year’s and hope I beat the cold weather. Color is eye appealing to our mouth. Thanks for your kind compliment.

Kerry Postel August 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I have to be honest, I don’t really pay much attention to how the food looks unless I have people coming over for dinner!!!

Sharon O'Day August 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I love my brightly colored meals! After all, we eat with our eyes as well as with our taste buds, right, Carol? ;-)

Edmund Lee August 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

You know, interesting thing happened the other day. One of my roommates brought home a ‘Vegetable Spray/Cleaner’ to clean fruits/vegetables. It supposedly removes wax, pesticides, etc. Have you ever seen anything like that? Personally, I would rather still go ORGANIC when possible like you mentioned.

Suzanne Jones August 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I do like making my veggies look pretty, or anything really. Spruce it up with a bit of added color from another food makes it way more appealing.
Great post Carol Thanks!

Carol Giambri August 14, 2012 at 12:53 am

Suzanne, I’m with you. Color my Plate beautiful! Thanks for sharing and compliment.

Carol Giambri August 14, 2012 at 12:54 am

Edmund,
I eat organics, and haven’t graduated t the spray. Did roomie gift the house with Eat Cleaner — it’s a produce spray and they also have wipes I recently heard but not looked for.

Carol Giambri August 14, 2012 at 12:54 am

Sharon, you are 100% right–eye appeal rocks!

Carol Giambri August 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

Kerry, at least you are concerned when people come over. I don’t pay much attention, but the colors happen to show up in my dishes. Maybe a habit? Can’t say but my mother would be shocked that there is more then lettuce, tomato and cucumber for a salad to be great.

Carl Mason-Liebenberg August 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

Color is a wonderful gift and in the arena of nutrition, color equals quality! The more vibrant and varied the better!

Lorii Abela August 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

It would be lovely to eat our meals savoring the flavor with our taste buds and enjoying its look with our eyes, right? I believe it would be really more appetizing. :)

Thanks for this wonderful post, Carol!

Terressa August 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

They say you eat with your eyes first and I beleive in this. I love to see plates that are vibrant with color. It makes me want to taste and try. Thank you for sharing !

Sherie August 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Love this post, Carol, I need to do this! Thanks!

Susan Preston August 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Great post, Carol! I especially loved the quote that you shared, “Not dressing up the meal with color is like sending someone out of the house without clothes” – Japanese proverb. I never thought of it like that, but it is true. Lol! Thank you for sharing your Great wisdom and knowledge!

Jan Maskew August 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I guess I am just weird because I don’t think it matters one way or the other to me. lol :)

Christer Edman August 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

It’s colourful and powerful for healthy eating which inspires. Thanks for a great article Carol!

Olga Hermans August 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I might be the exception here in the group that is stretched a little bit by you Carol. I think I am the most boring cook on the planet…that’s why my husband and my daughter do most of the cooking…:) That says enough isn’t?

Vicky August 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Great post! I love adding colour… I even add vegetables I don’t eat to make the others look more interesting.

Sara Nickleberry August 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I definitely try to make my meals as colorful as possible with fruits and vegetables. It’s a simple way to get maximum nutrition. Thanks for the post.

Larisa August 21, 2012 at 6:53 am

Thank you for a great article Carol.

Jennifer August 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Great article Carol! I always work to make my salads colorful, for some reason they tend to taste better that way. I’m sure after reading this, I’ll pay more attention to the colorfulness of my meals than ever before . . .

Candys Houfburg (@CandysHoufburg) August 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

Wow! This is so true! My best salads are those with lots of color. I’ve always found myself a bit disappointed when everything is green, lol. You have definitely inspired me to try a few new things to add more color!

Carol Giambri August 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Candys, thanks for your comments. Colors rock for sure!

Carol Giambri August 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Jennifer, I too work with my salads but only for about a minute.

Carol Giambri August 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Larisa thanks.

Carol Giambri August 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Sara, for sure simple and I love that too.

Carol Giambri September 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

Candys, Glad you are inspired by “me.” Wow! Go enjoy more colors now.

Carol Giambri September 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

Jennifer, I bet the kids too love the color and eat healthier.

Carol Giambri September 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

Larisa, Always glad to share what I learned and experienced.

Carol Giambri September 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

Sara, totally agree about maximum nutrition through more color.

Carol Giambri September 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

Vicky, color makes for more taste and eye appeal for sure.

Carol Giambri September 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

Jan, you are not weird. You are entitled to your opinion and thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri September 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

Sherie, Glad you love this one!

Carol Giambri September 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

Terressa, I too love vibrant eye appealing plates.

Carol Giambri September 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

Christer, glad you enjoyed the article. It was fun sharing.

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