Day 6- Get Creative

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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Day 6- Get Creative
30 Days No Meat Diet Challenge
Fruits and vegetables are colorful that resemble to rainbow colors. It is vibrant and livelier than a chopped meat which lifeless. You can choose red, yellow, green, purple, blue and orange. While animal meat looks the same with blood.

The fun of being vegetarian is making your own food and doing experiment. It makes men and women equal when it comes to preparing food and by staying in the kitchen for hours mixing and matching colorful fruit and vegetables. Being vegetarian is challenging on what food you will eat but it trains your skills in cooking. And you will be like a chef of your own, doing artistic presentation and combination of colorful fruits and vegetables. Sometimes if the experiment doesn’t taste good, it is normal. The more you fail, the more you succeed and improve.

Getting creative in our diet by eating brightly colored fruits and vegetables is beneficial to our health. It reduces the risk from getting heart disease, high blood pressure and other disease. Below are the list of colors of fruits and vegetables and its health benefits.

Red fruits and vegetables- are colored by natural plant pigments called lycopene or anthocyanins. Lycopene can be found in tomatoes while anthocyanins are present in red apples, red grapes, red pepper, and strawberries that act as antioxidants like lycopene keeping our heart and cells healthy.

Orange and Yellow fruits and Vegetables- are colored by natural pigments called carotenoids. Beta-carotenes in sweet potatoes, pumpkins and carrots are converted to Vitamin A which help maintains healthy eyes and can improve immune system function. Citrus fruits like oranges are not good source of Vitamin A but Vitamin C and folate.

Green fruits and vegetables- are colored pigment called “chlorophyll that can be found in dark leafy greens like spinach, green peppers, peas, celery, etc. These green leafy veggies like spinach reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration that can lead to blindness. Spinach like squash are good for the eyes.

Blue/purple fruits and vegetables- are colored by natural pigment called “anthocyanins” that can be found in red fruits. Anthocyanins in grapes, raisins and blueberries act as powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage that help reduce cancer, stroke and heart disease.

White fruits and vegetables- are colored by pigments called “anthoxanthins” that contain health-promoting chemical called allicin which help lower cholestretol and blood pressure. Some fruits and vegetables of white group are bananas, potatoes, cauliflower, mushroom that are also good source of potassium.

When I started to become vegetarian, I keep doing weird, crazy and different experiment. This is how Vegatty was born. I failed how many times and did more than 15 varieties of patties that I even mix eggplant with spinach and it taste so crazy! (laughs!) Until I come up to 6 varieties and it become best seller.

When you invite your family and some friends to your house or for gathering and let them taste what you cook, never expect that all of them will like it. Some has negative comments and some will offend you even a family member. Never get affected, as you recall what we have discussed in Day 1, being vegetarian is being tough from criticism. It will train your level of tolerance. If you still try to convince them to go for non-meat diet, never give up and share to them this 30-days challenge.

List of fruits and vegetables according to colors:
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/fruit-and-veggie-color-list

 

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.”-Wassily Kandinsky

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arise.”-Perdo Calderon de la Barca

 

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