Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved rainbows. They represent everything positive!
Pots of gold, unicorns, light, beauty, color — and lately, the idea of people coming together in unity and love, to overcome hate.
Rainbows have symbolized unity and wholeness in many cultures, for thousands of years.
White light passing through water gets split up into a spectrum of colors, and the colors come together, side by side, to form a sublimely beautiful, yet temporary phenomenon.
Kind of like life, huh?
We are here in these magnificent, incredible bodies, but only for a short while. Like rainbows, we are temporary works of art.
And the better we take care of these wondrous creations, the healthier and happier we are.
That’s why we should all strive to eat a rainbow every day!
And no, I do not mean blue hard candy, red hot dogs, lime green sports drinks, or brown ice cream.
Nature, in her sublime wisdom, has provided a cornucopia of delicious and colorful fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, herbs, and spices to nourish us. Eating some of each color every day promotes health, vitality, balance, and unity in our bodies.
Foods of different colors come together to create a spectrum of nutrients, from the lutein in blueberries, to the lycopene in tomatoes, to the vitamin K in kale.
Eat some of each color every day, and you’ll be well on your way to optimal health.
And speaking of optimal health, one of the healthiest things you can eat is Micronized Purple Rice powder!
It’s loaded with anthocyanins, the antioxidants that make it purple. These colorful nutrients help to repair damage in the body.
It’s also got polysaccharides for energy and polypeptides (every amino acid!) to help your body create new cells.
But of course purple’s not the only color in the rainbow. Here’s a handy guide to make sure you eat your rainbow every day!
Fruits: red apples, cherries, cranberries, red plums, goji berries, pomegranates, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon
Vegetables: beets, radicchio, red potatoes, tomatoes, red bell peppers, red chili peppers, radishes, red onions, red cabbage
Beans/legumes: kidney beans
Herbs/spices: cayenne, paprika, chili flakes
Fruits: apricots, cantaloupe, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, tangerines
Vegetables: golden beets, carrots, yams, butternut squash, pumpkin
Beans/legumes: orange lentils
Herbs/spices: turmeric, saffron, cinnamon
Fruits: yellow apples, bananas, yellow grapefruit, lemons, yellow pears, pineapple
Vegetables: yellow onions, summer squash, acorn squash, yellow peppers, yellow sweet corn
Beans/legumes: lima beans
Herbs/spices: mustard seed, caraway, ginger
Fruits: Avocados, green apples, green grapes, honeydew, kiwifruit, limes
Vegetables: artichokes, arugula, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, green beans, green cabbage, celery, cucumbers, jalapeño peppers, habanero peppers, leafy greens, leeks, lettuce, green onions, peas, green peppers, snow peas, spinach, sugar snap peas, watercress, zucchini
Beans/legumes: baby lima beans
Herbs/spices: fennel, coriander, dill, thyme, oregano, basil
Fruit: blueberries, concord grapes, elderberries
Vegetables: blue potatoes, blue corn
Beans/legumes: OK, there aren’t any.
Fruit: acai berries, blackberries, black cherries, black currants, plums
Vegetables: black olives
Beans/legumes: black beans
Herbs/spices: nigella (black cumin)
Fruit: passionfruit, purple figs, purple grapes, plums
Vegetables: purple asparagus, purple carrots, purple cauliflower, purple peppers, purple potatoes, purple kale, eggplant
Beans/legumes: I can’t think of any — can you?
Herbs/spices: clove, vanilla bean