Summer is a Great Time to Eat the Rainbow

Eating according to the rainbow is a fun way to get your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. If you have been reaching for the same foods for a while, summer is a great time to change it up. Try shopping at a market you have never been to before, especially specialty food markets that focus on cuisine native to places outside North America. While you’re shopping, if you don’t know what something is or how to prepare it, don’t be afraid to ask someone!

Red – Harissa, gochujang, or kimchi bring incredible flavor to your dish.
Orange – Horned melon, persimmons & kumquats have delicate notes of bitter and sweet.
Yellow – Star fruit is juicy, and Buddha’s hand is in the citrus family.
Green – Edible seaweeds like nori and wakame are naturally salty.
Blue – Blue corn shells are a fun twist for taco Tuesday.
Indigo – Find indigo carrots with root vegetables and mangosteen with fruits.
Purple – Akebi and jabutikaba (or Brazilian grapes) may be found in specialty markets.

And for dessert? Check out cherimoya (a.k.a ice cream fruit) or black sapote, also known as chocolate pudding fruit. If you’re in the mood to bake, get my recipe for almond-butter cookies. They’re alkaline, gluten free, packed with protein, and sweetened with a touch of honey.