Something I did this weekend started me pondering on how important color is in our lives—maybe in a way we have never considered before. I made a large pitcher of fresh vegetable and fruit juice for my husband and me. I juiced blood oranges, kiwis, apples, spinach, tomatoes and carrots. As I juiced each type of food, I noticed just how brightly colored the individual juices were as they came out of the spout. The blood orange juice was dark red, the kiwi juice was a sweet, light green, the apple juice was pale yellow, the spinach juice was the deepest color of green I’ve seen in a long time, the tomato juice was pleasingly pink and the carrot juice was a very bright orange. Before stirring them all together, they made layers sort of like sand art! It was really pretty.

I reflected on how, although humans have tried to improve on this color palette with artificially made colors, there is really no way to beat what God offers us in nature with the range of bright colors out there–not only in food, but in bird plumage, floral petals, even the brilliant colors of a fabulous sunset.

My husband and I have been especially focused on improving our diet and nutrition over this past year as his body returns to perfect health after being diagnosed with cancer just a year ago. Our pitcher of fresh juice is just one illustration of how eating foods with a whole range of colors has become more normal for us.

And it is so important to eat these brightly colored (naturally) foods. They are the ones designed with all the powerful antioxidants in them! Even as I write I am enjoying a bowl of homemade yogurt with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. I was talking with an artist friend of mine about how difficult it can be sometimes to mix the paints to get just the right shade of pink. I’m pretty sure I have just that “right” shade in my bowl! I mean, it tastes good AND it looks pretty! For a little extra interest, I have slices of papaya adding that pop of orange. Lovely.

So, next time you are preparing yourself a meal, check in and see how colorful you can make your plate. The more bright colors there are, the better it is for you! I am so tickled with how delightful it is to eat the foods God created which are so pretty and colorful.

Rainbow Juice

Juice 2 blood oranges, 2 kiwis, 2 apples, one small bunch of spinach leaves, 2 tomatoes and 4 large carrots. Serve immediately and drink all the juice within ten minutes for maximum effect of nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants. Serves 2.