From bright, juicy strawberries to vibrant leafy greens, colorful cuisine isn’t just fun to look at—it’s good for you, too!
As we celebrate springtime and the lush, blooming colors all around us, we’re inspired to see the same on our plates. Read on as we share five fun ways to incorporate color into your cuisine this season and all year long.
Start while shopping
Looking for ways to make your meals more colorful? Start while you’re out shopping! There’s no exact science to color-izing your cuisine, but it’s easy to tell if you are on the right track by taking a look at your shopping cart or farmers market tote bag. Do you see a variety of colors—from reds, like strawberries and apples, to greens, like spinach, broccoli and brussels sprouts? If so, you’re already off to a great start. Each color offers something unique, such as…
Bottom line? You can’t go wrong by introducing a wide variety of colors into your shopping list!
Follow the rainbow
Now, when it comes to actually using all that colorful produce on your plate, you have a few options. One fun activity is to create rainbow displays that ensure all different sorts of vitamins and nutrients are included in your meal—think rainbow skewers with peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and other ingredients to complement a main protein like chicken. You can also keep a running tally of the different colors you’ve eaten in a day—just as we work to ensure that we’re getting enough water, you might realize that you want to include more greens at dinner, for example.
Make simple switches
When you think about eating more colorfully, you might think that it’s just salads and smoothies from here on out. But there are actually many simple, effortless ways to integrate color into your everyday life without making huge changes! For example, throw some carrot sticks in a bag for a snack at work or school, or add an apple to your sandwich-and-chips combo to enjoy a dose of color. One of our favorite ways to sprinkle in some color? A delicious fruit salad, which is easy to snack on whether you’re on-the-go or lounging around poolside.
Add color in unexpected ways
Think there’s no room to add color to a meal? Think again! Spaghetti with meat sauce is a traditionally reddish, for example, but who says you can’t sprinkle on some spinach for some added color and texture? Arugula is easy to enjoy atop your favorite pizza, too. Even a delicious Greek salad, though usually pretty green, can be perked up with the addition of watermelon which pairs perfectly with feta!
Dine out with dazzling hues
One of the most delicious ways to spruce up your meal with color? Let us do it for you! At Peach Valley, it’s easy to enjoy dishes that are as delicious as they are colorful. Our Superfood Breakfast, for example, is chock-full of wholesome ingredients that look and taste amazing all together—from our chia seed and coconut milk pudding to rich blueberries, bright-red strawberries and of course a sweet raspberry-blueberry compote to top it all off.
The medley of rich, green avocado and dazzling vine-ripe tomatoes on our Protein Packed Avocado Toast is another colorful combination you’re sure to love. Even if you’re enjoying a classic such as an Omelet or Patty Melt, a side of Fresh Seasonal Fruit can provide a dose of sweetness and colorful flavor.
By crafting colorful meals, you’re well on your way to a more delicious (and nutritious) dining experience! Be sure to share your own favorite colorful recipes in the comments below—and of course, you can always enjoy vibrant must-have meals right here at Peach Valley!