Monthly Archives: July 2012

Eating a Rainbow for Your Health

Farmers Market | Queen of Quinoa | Balanced Platter

Now that we are fully immersed in the summer heat, we are constantly surrounded by a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies. Our farmer’s markets are bursting with beautiful produce, each stand just as colorful as the next. It’s like tangible rainbow in front of your eyes. Simply magnificent!

With all that color, how can you not be inspired to eat it all up and incorporate as much into one plate as possible? Maybe it’s just me, but the more colorful and visually interesting the plate of food in front of me, the more I enjoy it. Not only just taste, but it also just makes me happier while I’m eating it. Color can have that effect on people.

But what is the health benefit of eating all these colorful foods? Just because they’re colorful, does it really mean they’re healthier? YES!

To help understand how important it is to add color to your diet, we’re going to take a tour of the food rainbow. Remember back in elementary school – R-O-Y-G-B-I-V? We’re going to play that game again, but with food {and I’ll tell what produce to keep an eye out for while you’re shopping}!!

Farmers Market | Queen of Quinoa | Balanced Platter

Red Foods
Besides their beautiful color, red foods are very high in lycopene which can help reduce the risk of cancers like prostate, lung, stomach and breast. Red foods are also typically very high in antioxidants, which have also been found to help prevent cancer and other diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Keep your eyes peeled for:

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Watermelon


Orange Foods
Best-known for their very high levels of beta carotene, which is great for eye health (remember what your mom told you when you were little about carrots?), orange foods have a world of other health benefits too. They are also high in vitamin A and C which are both critical for immune health.

Keep your eyes peeled for:

  • Cantelope
  • Apricots
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkins & other winter squashes
  • Tropical fruits: oranges, tangerines, mangoes, kumquats

Keep reading for more healthy eating ideas!

TBP’s Friday Faves: Summer Vacation!

Hello and Happy Summer!

It’s Maggie and Amy this week. We decided to show you what’s been filling our days (and our hearts) this summer.

Yes, we love to share our recipes with you through She Let Them Eat Cake and Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free. And, The Balanced Platter keeps us focused on living life that is not only manageable but meaningful.

At the end of the day, though, our families have our hearts. They are the motivation behind everything we do. And, yes, that takes some balance.
Keep reading to see what we’ve been up to this Summer…

Chocolate or Carob Chia Pudding ~ and more Simple Summer Scrumptuousness

Dairy Free Sugar Free Chocolate Carob Chia Pudding

I thought summer was supposed to be slow.

Sipping lemonade, reading books, trips to the beach.

It hasn’t been that way in my home this summer.

Somehow we got the kids involved in too many sports and we’re taking another run at our large garden.

And trying to purge the clutter a bit.

I could go on.

Needless to say, I’ve needed simple meals and no-bake snacks and desserts. Who wants the oven on in 95+ degree heat?  And for a whole food family, that can be tough.

But it is still important to me to make things taste good–and to sometimes make “something special” so that the “fill my tummy” love language of the men in my home gets spoken.

And let’s face it–I like good food too.

So today I’m sharing some of my standby easy things to make so that dinners and snacks can be easy but still “scrumptuous.”
Click through to read the rest of Adrienne’s Simple Summer tips.

Healthy Spiced Apricot Shake

Healthy Dairy-Free Apricot Shake

Though you can technically find apricots year round, this stone-fruit is at its peak in the summer. I’m partial to beautiful Blenheim apricots, which are common on the west coast, but there is a wide variety of apricots to choose from, many of which will be harvested right through the end of August.

As an added benefit, each little apricot supplies you with approximately 13% of your daily Vitamin A and 6% of your daily Vitamin C for only 16 calories! So enjoy a few out of hand or in this easy, cool and creamy smoothie.
Get this healthy shake recipe!

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