eating the rainbow, one colour at a time…


AS A CHILD my mother instilled in me the need to add colour to every meal. At dinner time a sprig of parsley or dill (mine was a Polish household) would be added to my plate with a flourish, accompanied by the declaration “That’s better, now we have colour on our plates!”.

This notion of visual pleasure at meal times took root and grew inside of me. As I gained greater autonomy in the kitchen, so increased the sensation of dishes not feeling complete without a vivid splash of colour or contrast.

Luckily for me, this mild obsession was borne of good grounding. When it comes to colour and food, the idea of “Eating the Rainbow” is widely accepted as a way in which to get a healthy daily dose of valuable nutrition. Just take a look at Eat the Rainbow and see for yourself. A salad of beetroot, sweet potato and spinach is not just visually pleasing but a treasure trove of vitamins, minerals, fibre and more.

(At this point a nod of thanks must go in the direction of my mother’s love of a good garnish.)

But, as with all good obsessions, it can be fun to push the boundaries. I want a colourful plate at all times. So bring on the colours; only one at a time.

Can one eat only one colour of food a day, whilst still getting a healthy variety of fibre, protein, vitamins and more? How would your day on a plate look, if breakfast, lunch and dinner were presented in unicolour?

Stayed tuned, you’re about to find out…



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