Orange: Real & Artificial

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

This time of year, we see orange foods all around us. We associate orange with autumn, and also with energy and vibrancy. Of course, we know that some of our favorite orange foods come by their color naturally (although there are some instances where might be fooled—more on that later). Other foods we know are colored somehow to appear orange. This is a little primer on the various ways that foods can acquire their orangey hue—and why those methods may impact your food selection criteria.

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Orange…Oranges

Herb Rubbed Roast Beef with Orange Salsa

We’ve talked about squash and roots this month. Both categories offer a wide variety of naturally orange foods and the nutritional benefits that come with them. The food with shares its very name with the color is less associated with fall, but oranges begin their season in fall. Orange juice is the most ubiquitous use of the fruit, and it does have merits as a natural sugar. The fruit can also star, however, in a wide variety of dishes from sweet to savory.

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Orange Roots

Apple Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Orange root vegetables aren’t quite as emblematic of fall as are the various squashes we discussed last week, but they’re an important part of the team. If you want orange in your diet, sweet potatoes and carrots in particular are popular for good reason. They’re delicious. They’re also remarkably flexible in the kitchen.

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The True Horror of Halloween

Berry Scary Shake.

No one wonders why children countdown the days until Halloween. Trick-or-treating is a magical experience. You wear a fun costume, pretend you are someone/something else, and travel from house to house, through dark neighborhoods filled with spooky creatures and decorations. Along the way, you amass a treasure of treats (mostly candy) before getting home, perhaps past bedtime, to tally up your haul.

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Snacks That Earn Stars

Screenshot of Nicole Friedman and Garrick Brown

Nicole Friedman from Retail Business Services, one of our valued clients, interviewed me about why potato chips earn Guiding Stars. We discussed some of the specific nutritional qualities in different potato chips that separate star-earning chips from chips that don’t earn stars. I also shared a few tips on including potato chips in your diet. Finally, we discussed our new Surprising Stars page, which is dedicated to explaining some of the questions we hear often.

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What’s In An Orange Food?

Simply Smooth Hummus

Orange is one of my favorite colors (I use it as an accent color in my kitchen year ‘round). Frankly, I like a lot of foods that are orange, too! I’m not talking about puffed cheese snacks or candy corn (I don’t care for either). I’m going straight for the produce aisle here. If you need a refresher on why you should be putting all that golden goodness on your plates right now, this is it.

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