How beautiful is your plate?

Traditional bento Have you ever been so happy with the food that you almost shed a tear? A few years ago I went to this restaurant with my buddy Pat and had one of the best food experiences in my life. Pat is the kind of friend that can get you to try almost anything & it usually turns out pretty good, so Pat ordered for me. I guess I was too hungry to notice the lovely atmosphere or the mouth watering smells from the kitchen but based on the smiling faces of the patrons, I assumed the food would be okay. Soon the food on the way and a feeling of overwhelming joy & happiness immediately struck me upon being served a beautiful display of edible art that rendered me speechless! Maybe I was too delirious from hunger (from waiting two hours for dear Pat to get ready) to hear the server ask if I need anything else... but all I needed was a clear path to my plate. Bright vibrant ripe tasty vegetables, fresh & tender seafood grilled & blackened, refreshing drinks with fruity accents, finished with sweet colorful deserts. All five of my senses were stimulated with visual colors, intoxicating scents, sweet & spicy flavors, warm main dishes with cool desserts, and oddly enough- I felt a deep emotional connection with the chef (ha, ha)!  Each succulent bite was better than the other and all I could think the whole time was, "why my home cooked meals lack the popping power of this place?"  I finally realized that my cooking was just as good however, my plate design was missing the key color ingredient. Adding color to your plate can increase your popularity in the house & at the doctor's office. 

Getting healthy starts with you shopping at your grocery store. Your food choices will either help you or harm you. Make it easy; follow these simple color tips and you will turn your kitchen into a pharmacy.

Green Foods: Rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, C and E, fiber, folic acid and chlorophyll; leafy greens are great for purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system.
Red Foods: Full of lycopene, a potent antioxidant found in foods like tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, apricots, pink grapefruit and blood oranges. Scientific studies show that lycopene helps prevent prostate, lung and stomach cancer.
Orange Foods: Good for your eyes and full of beta-carotene, which scavenges free radicals in your body—limiting the damage to your cells and DNA. Found in foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe and mangos.
Yellow Foods: Lutein-rich foods are great for your eyes, skin and heart.
White Foods: Known for reducing blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Garlic, ginger and onions have antiviral and antibacterial phytochemicals so they can be used as natural antibiotics.
Blue and Purple Foods: Contain antioxidant anthocyanin and packed with phytochemicals; prevent early signs of aging and heart disease; found in eggplants, purple cabbage, grapes, blueberries, plums and figs. *Article written by Susan Edwards and Monica Sanchez (certified HHC Holistic Health Coaches) and published in 2014 The Challenge Magazine - See more at: http://visalusblog.com/share/6-colors-for-healthy-grocery-store-shopping/#sthash.roCut3Xt.dpuf
Remember folks it's time to fly! Add so beauty to your plate and enjoy eating healthy. Get guidance when trying new foods, take advice from those living the wellness lifestyle you desire, try something new each day, and make a change to living healthy, living fit, living your passion, & living Posh!
live.your.passion. -Lady T

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