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By Shelly Gibbons

(NOTE: This is a multi-page article with two free recipes on pages 2 and 3. Click below to advance to these recipe pages.)

Graphic design by Jason Fowler, Wisely Woven Creative Media.

When we do things often, they can eventually seem mundane and dull.  I remember having the same food for sack lunches when I was young.  It seems like we had different combinations of the same things for dinner growing up.  And now that I prepare most of the meals for my family, it can seem daunting to keep it fresh and healthy.

Finding food to be vibrant can be difficult, only because it can be hard to think outside the box. For many years I ate the same ol’ breakfast; cereal and carnation instant breakfast --- or nothing at all.

I was always under the impression that making meals took way too long and I just didn’t have time to cook all day.  Especially breakfast!  I was all about getting food quick so I could run out the door.  My breakfast cereals were packed full of color, (my favorite was Fruit Loops) but all artificial colors and no nutrition.

Breakfast can sometimes be the hardest meal to find something that's different and full of nutrition.  You might be able to find a cereal you've never tried before, but you likely won't be full of anything but empty carbs.

Artificial colorings have been regulated in the EU stating “this product may have adverse effects on activity and attention in children”.  In 2009 the British asked food manufacturers to stop using most artificial colors and to replace them with dyes made out of foods.  We have many of the same products on our shelves that they have in the UK, but the products there have different ingredients, leaving out the artificial dyes.

The sad part, is that most of these dyes and flavors are found in kid’s foods.  And there’s no argument that under the EU’s testing, the dyes are linked to cancers as well as hyperactivity and attention disorders in children.

Once I became aware of these types of dangers I began to eat differently.  I looked at my meals differently. I began to cook.

Cooking became fun, and meals such as breakfast involved no cooking at all.  My breakfasts became full of fresh fruit topped off with nuts, seeds and coconut.  I also began blending fruits, nuts, seeds and even veggies into smoothies.  My breakfasts became vivid with natural colors and nutrition, which my breakfast cereals lacked.

My journey had begun.  Once I changed my breakfast habits, the other meals followed.  Instead of choosing white bread with some lunchmeat full of preservatives and salt, I began to make these vibrant salads with loads of veggies and sometimes fruit.  Eating the rainbow became very easy because I was excited about what was on my plate.  It all looked so good and tasted delicious!  And come to find out “cooking” didn’t take all day, nor was it hard.

As a matter of fact, sometimes our walks with the Lord can seem mundane and routine, almost like some bland or artificial colors have taken place of vibrant joy.  We believe that we can’t really separate our spiritual conditions from our physical well-being.  So purpose to make your food more vibrant, and consider your faith life and how that too can be more colorful, healthy and vibrant.

Do you feel like you don’t even know where to start?  Start by changing out one meal from your day and purposing to add fresh fruits and veggies with an array of color.  And to make it easier on yourself, don’t even cook it.  Try some things raw.  It takes no time at all!

Need help to find ideas.  Check out our Plumb Wellness site for some great vibrant nutrition packed with quick and easy meals along with smoothie recipes.  If you need help with getting started, shoot me an email. I’d love to chat with you on how you could begin.  

Remember, eating foods full of color and nutrition doesn’t take that long and they can leave your taste buds watering for more. Ready to get started? Click below to advance to the next two pages for two recipes I’ve prepared especially for you in the April/May 2015 issue of Faith & Fitness Magazine, The Colors Of Fitness.

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Ready to get started? Click below to advance to the next two pages for two colorful and tasty recipes designed to make make your meal planning and preparation simple and fun. Be sure to share them with your friends and post a Facebook comment below to share here with others how you are MAKING YOUR MEALS VIVID.



Make Your Breakfast Or Snack Vivid



This recipe is prepared and provided here by Shelly Gibbons especially for Faith & Fitness Magazine readers. Get more at her PLUMB Wellness website.




With summer right around the corner and stone pit fruits in full bloom I created this one last year. It is one of my go to's in summer because it is super easy. With a smoothie added this will leave you full for hours.


I used fresh sliced apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and strawberries and threw in some blueberries. Then I topped it with a tbsp of Chia seeds, Hemp Seeds and shredded coconut and enjoyed every bite of deliciousness. Experiment with any fruits of your choice.





Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

makes 2 full glasses

2 cups plain keifer

2 cups frozen blueberries

1 avocado pitted

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsps of chia seeds

Blend them all in your high powered blender until smooth and enjoy!








Make Your Lunch Vivid



This recipe is prepared and provided here by Shelly Gibbons especially for Faith & Fitness Magazine readers. Get more at her PLUMB Wellness website.




serves 1

2 cups cleaned and de-stemmed kale

2 tbsp dried cranberries

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

sliced red onion

3 tbsp feta cheese crumbles

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds or pepitas

1 cup cooked quinoa

juice from one lemon

2 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Place all the salad ingredients in a bowl. Squeeze juice from lemon and pour olive oil into the bowl. Add salt and pepper. Toss and then place on plate and enjoy!


About the Author

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    Shelly Gibbons grew up eating the standard American diet. Her journey toward health began for her when a doctor helped her see that by eating the right foods she could feel better and be healthier. Today, she is a certified Health Coach and a mom of three wild children. She and her husband created PLUMB Wellness and PLUMB MEN, an all-encompassing approach to health that includes all areas of your life and to help you see how they are all interwoven. Trying to "get healthy” is more than just trying to figure out what to eat or not to eat and what exercise to do. It is about examining your PLUMB.

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