Lets eat the rainbow – orange

The colour orange – blending the happiness of yellow and heat/energy of red.

Orange radiates warmth and sunshine. Our sunrises and sunsets glow with orange tones representing the start and ends of our daylight – the photographs below are great examples with sunrise at Lake Mungo and sunset in Tasmania.

During their time in the sun, orange fruit/vegetable producing plants use orange pigments (carotenoids) to convert sunlight energy to chlorophyl (via photosynthesis).

It’s a great way to think of orange as concentrated sunshine!

Let’s have a look at why orange fruits and vegetable are so special and why they are beneficial to our health and should be included in our diet.

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Lets eat the rainbow – red

I love the colour red. Red cars seem to go faster, red clothes look warmer and red sunsets are – just beautiful. Our blood is red and red may symbolise good fortune and luck in many Asian cultures.

Red symbolises passion, love and joy – red roses are the flower of choice on Valentine’s day.

What about red fruits and vegetables? How do they fit in to the features of red? Are they hot, spicy, passionate, lucky or just beautiful?

Let’s have a look at why red fruits and vegetable are so special and why they are beneficial to our health and should be included in our diet.

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Mindful eating

Most of us have heard of mindfulness which allows us to focus our attention on the present moment, its used as a way to reduce stress or as a relaxation technique, and is a form of meditation.

What if we could use this technique to appreciate our food and celebrate the joy of eating?

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Chilli tuna with buckwheat pasta – gluten free

We are having chilli tuna pasta tonight for dinner, using one of our favourite pastas – buckwheat (recipe is bottom of page).

Buckwheat pasta has a slightly nutty taste and has a great texture – doesn’t go soggy when cooked.

I love it that we now have access to some really interesting non-wheat pastas – including ones made from lentils, mixed pulses and of course buckwheat. This is great for me as I have coeliac disease and until recently gluten free meant rice and corn based pastas.

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The lowdown on functional foods

I just got back from a visit to my local supermarket to buy ingredients for tonight’s dinner. I don’t buy a lot of processed foods and I find it interesting checking out what’s on the shelves claiming to have one health benefit or another.

I wandered up and down the aisles (much to my husband’s annoyance) checking out the claims of cholesterol lowering, low fat, high protein etc on food labels.

Foods that claim to have health benefits or reduce the risk of disease are classified as functional foods.

So what are some examples of functional foods? Are functional foods a different species to natural foods?

Well – yes and no.

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