Indian cooking is normally perceived to be difficult to cook. In reality its actually extremely simple, as long as one follows some basic rules.
A simple funda that works for me & my family is to follow the RAINBOW DIET CHART. Its been hyped in circles for several reasons, but its intrinsic benefit is far beyond what one may think of as a fad.
If you notice the rainbow chart below, you will see it contains the 7 colours which we call rainbow or chakra’s …each segment or colour of the chart represents specific vegetables or fruits.
Fruits and vegetables get their color from the micronutrients they contain. Vitamins and phytonutrients responsible for providing these colourful hues vary in each and every plant source. This is why it is so critical for us to eat all the colours of the rainbow, thereby maximising our nutritional intake.
While being beneficial to all those who want to focus on health, this chart is especially helpful for busy parents who juggle a thousand things in a day while maintaining focus on their families health.
MONDAY – Stands for RED…..Red is the mooladhara chakra that represents primitive power. Well developed in all animals and birds, creation begins here..physical action begins here.. It is considered a seat of your physical/spiritual birth. Choose any 2 red fruits and 3 red veggies with the balanced meal of dal / rice / roti / curds and your balanced meal is set.
TUESDAY – is for PURPLE. Anthocyanins contribute to the dark blue and purple pigmentation in food. Researchers believe that a deficiency in this flavonoid is a major factor implicated in the high cancer rates today.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY – are the GREEN DAYS. Stands for the Anahata Chakra or Heart chakra. Its also known as the circle of the life force energy, activation point in the center of the chest. Energy enters through the heart chakra which is signified by green colours and thats why we have two green days. It’s associated with the ability to make decisions outside the realm of karma, love and compassion, charity are the symptoms that show that the person’s heart chakra is open
Eat Collard, turnip and mustard greens, sea vegetables, avocado, swiss chard, romaine and iceberg lettuce, kale, spinach, Granny Smith apples, and arugula. The best way to prevent against nutrient loss in these foods is to avoid cooking methods that add heat including boiling or stir-frying. The best way to maintain chlorophyll and other nutrients like vitamin C in green produce is to steam if you must apply heat or otherwise consume raw.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY – is the day of sunshine. YELLOW & ORANGE. The words that spring to mind when orange or yellow foods come into view are heart, protection, and immunity. Vitamin C is certainly visible with yellow and orange foods. In this department, we have grapefruit, cantaloupe melons. Summer and winter squashes, yellow peppers and carrots; all these are wonderful immune system boosters.
SUNDAY – is the WHITE day.. u can mix all colors and eat. Turns into whitelight…White foods purify the blood, detoxify the liver, regulate healthy cellular growth, and reduce inflammation that can damage the vascular system