Sunday, August 21, 2011

The 64 Count Box of Crayons

 I always loved getting a fresh, new box of crayons every fall for school. The 64 count box with the built in sharpener. They looked good enough to eat. No, I did not eat them. The smell of crayons was not that enticing - I knew they were not food. But think of all the colors that are named for food: mango, mint, pink sherbet, orange, olive, eggplant, cotton candy. almond, banana, asparagus, granny smith apple, macaroni and cheese, strawberry, tangerine, carrots, watermelon, lemon, plum, salmon, chestnut, apricot and peach.  Twenty-two out of the 64 crayons are named for food. Looking at the crayons that remain I think I could rename another fifteen with hues resembling food:
black -  licorice
white - coconut
piggy pink - ham
red - tomato
midnight blue - blue berry
fern - broccoli
forest green - green bean
shamrock - brussels sprouts
screamin' green - kiwi
inch worm - spring pea
yellowgreen - lima bean
canary - corn
dandelion - summer squash
yellow orange - pumpkin
tumbleweed - walnuts
desert sand - lentil

For the most part all the food colors you can find in a crayon box are foods high in nutritious vitamins, minerals, fiber and tastes. In fact, I bet you would find at least another healthy 10 foods from the remaining colors - which would equal more than 2/3 of the box.

But what good are the colors in the crayon box unless you bring those colors on to your plate. To maintain a healthy balance in my diet I need to use the whole box of crayons, not just my favorite colors and flavors. Just has our color tastes can change with exposure so can our palate tastes for certain foods. In keeping the pounds off I really try to find new colors to use each week. I change my colors with the seasons but I try have things from each color family on my plate throughout the week. I need to use that asparagus and the lima bean. I need to get fresh peaches, pumpkin and lentils on my plate. The next time you are planning your meals, think about the colors in your box of crayons. Over the course of the week, try to use at least half the colors. Do that every week and watch how color can add flavor to your life.

What are the colors on your plate?



bbubblyb said...

I was never much for colorful foods but I'm definitely getting better. I think the food that has most changed me is definitely peppers, I eat them almost everyday now and it brings color and a ton of flavor to almost every meal.

Amanda said...

My current favorite dinner is fairly colorful -- chickpeas, spinach, and sun dried tomatoes, on a bed of broccoli with 1 TBSP feta cheese sprinkled over the top. It's nicely filling, as well. The goal tonight is to add in some butternut squash "fries" (baked, really). I've never had butternut squash, so I'm curious to see how it will turn out :)

Anonymous said...

I made minestrone soup yesterday - all the colors of the rainbow!

We eat mostly from our yard in the summer. Lots and lots of green and red.

I love the smell of crayons. My sister and I used to melt them onto paper over a lightbulb and sniff up the goodness.

I like renaming the crayons. Maybe kids would be more inclined to eat them!

Jane Cartelli said...

Color is amazing in healthy foods. No beige diets for me - or you! Color a pretty plate today!