Cooking with Colour: The Healthier Choice

Cooking with Colour: The Healthier Choice

Cooking with Colour: The Healthier Choice

There’s something so wonderful about the tradition of families that cook with colours. Nothing beats a Sunday lunch at Gogo’s house where the family gathers around the weekly buffet of tasty and hearty dishes, from the fried chicken, chicken curry and mutton stew, to the butternut, mealie pap and savoury rice. And, of course, there’s always that freshly prepared coleslaw salad brought along by your favourite aunt, and the salsa and green salad that everyone loves.

While the tradition of the Seven Colours Meal has remained much the same, the ingredients have slowly evolved. No longer do we simply just eat ukudla okumnandi kuphela, which is high in salt, fats and cholesterol. These days, we tend to rather eat kunempilo.

The Future of the 7 Colours Meal

The world is a different place to what it was a few years ago. Now we are more responsible about the things that affect our bodies and the world around us. Just think about how much more we know about the dangers of smoking and global warming, and the benefits of eating healthier and recycling. While we still love to indulge in our favourite, slightly less healthy dishes every now and then, we have definitely become more aware of how we cook and eat. This is something that has been reflected in the way we prepare our Seven Colours Meals. The focus has shifted to including more naturally colourful and nutritious foods to our favourite recipes.

Here is a list of the seven key colours and how they can be included to make your meals more colourful, healthy, and delicious:

Red/Purple

These foods help to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes:

• Aubergines,
• Beetroot,
• Red grapes,
• Strawberries.

Red

The foods in the group are high in lycopene which helps to prevent cancer:

• Guava,
• Grape Fruit,
• Tomato Soup,
• Watermelons.

Orange

These foods boost eye and skin health and may decrease your risk of getting certain types of cancer and other diseases:

• Carrots,
• Mangos,
• Squash,
• Apricots,
• Sweet Potatoes,
• Oranges.

Orange/Yellow

The foods in this group contain a powerful cell-protecting antioxidant which helps protect your body from diseases:

• Nectarines,
• Papaya,
• Peaches,
• Pineapples,
• Tangerines.

Yellow/Green

These foods are good for your eyes and help fight cataracts and other eye diseases:

• Avocado,
• Cucumbers,
• Green Peppers,
• Kiwi Fruit,
• Spinach.

White/Green

These foods offer multiple health benefits including strengthening your immune system, protecting your body’s cells and preventing disease:

• Asparagus,
• Celery,
• Garlic,
• Mushrooms,
• Onions.

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