Thursday, May 16, 2013

The 5 Color Meal

I love the ease of the five color approach to a Japanese meal. There are no food pyramids or percentages. Get the colors in any which way, but get the color, and you get an easy approach to a healthy meal. The five colors? White, black, red, green, and yellow/orange. Here are some ideas to get you started. Let me know how it works!

White
Rice or other Grains, Bean Sprouts,Tofu, Daikon, Boiled Eggs, Bread,Potato, Onion, Garlic, Yogurt, Mayo, dressing, etc.

Black
Nori Seaweed Accents, Black Sesame, Poppy Seeds, Peanut Butter, Almonds, or other Nuts, Meat, Fried Tofu, Lentils, Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Bean Burgers, etc., Hijiki Seaweed.

Red
Red Apple Slices, Tomato Slices or Cherry Tomato, Strawberry, Radish, Red Beans, Gojiberries, Cranberries, Umeboshi pickled plum, Yukari (Red Perilla) Rice Seasoning.

Green
Quick Pickles, Asparagus Spears, Kale, Green beans, Peas, Pesto, Celery, Green Peppers, Green Apple, Salad lettuce, Parsley, Zuccinni, Sugar Snap Peas, Broccoli, & Edamame Soy Beans.

Yellow or Orange
Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Orange Slices, Corn, Cheese, Lemon Wedge,Banana, Orange or Yellow Peppers, Polenta or Cornmeal, Pumpkin or Squash, & Eggs-- Omelette, Fritata, etc.


5 colors to healthy diet-- white, black, red, green, & yellow/orange