Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Eat and Be Satisfied

I tell you, becoming a vegetarian is a whole new world. I have learned so much about things like bulgar and quinoa and lentils and a few months ago, I had no idea what any of that stuff was, much less how to prepare it! Now, I'm learning about how the human body is most satisfied if it experiences what the six basic flavors and seven basic colors of food. Supposedly this variety ensures the best nutrition you can get from food.

The Six Basic Flavors

  • Sweet - Includes "bulk-building" foods like milk, cheese, butter, nuts, tofu, breads, pasta, grains, starchy vegetables, sweet fruits, oils, and all animal products.

  • Sour - Includes acidic food like citrus fruits, berries, tomaties, cheese and yogurt, pickles and salad dressings.

  • Salty - Includes table salt, soy sauce, seafood and seaweed.

  • Pungent - Also known as the spicy foods, these include onions, leeks, garlic, scallions, chives, radishe, chili peppers, cloves, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil and nutmet.

  • Bitter - This includes many veggies like broccoli, chard, eggplant, spinach, zucchini, leafy greens, dill, fenugreek, sage and chamomile.

  • Astringent - These include tart apples, asparagus, green peppers, cranberries, pomegranates, spinach, lentils, chickpeas, soybeans and split peas.

The Seven Basic Colors
  • Red - Includes strawberries, red bell peppers, pink grapefruit, tomatoes, watermelon, beats and radishes.

  • Orange - Includes oranges, cantaloupe, carrots, apricots and mango.

  • Yellow - Includes yellow squash, bananas, onions, peaches and millet.

  • Green - Includes broccoli, zucchini, spinach, green beans, chard and lima beans.

  • Blue - Includes blueberries and blue corn.

  • Indigo - Includes eggplant, blackberries, plums, prunes and black beans.

  • Violet - Includes grapes, kale, purple potatoes and purple basil.
These are definitly not your usual food pyramid way of meal planning, but I think it can shake a diet up in a very cool way.

Oh, and I got all this info from this book.

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