I can’t scroll through my Instagram feed lately without coming across the latest food trend – Rainbow food. There are a few variations including Unicorn food and Galaxy food, but essentially it all comes down to taking perfectly normal beige food and dressing it up with a cacophony of colour! When will it end? Rainbows belong in the sky, not in your coffee people!
Now you all know I’m quite partial to a bit of colour, it makes life interesting. But when dieticians recommend eating a rainbow, I don’t think they are talking about rainbow bagels.
OK, I’m on board
I’m not opposed to the idea of all rainbow foods. Some of the fruit and veggie based salads and smoothies look super healthy and delicious. With those I’m totally on board!
Yep looks delish. A posh version of the canteen salad roll that ended up pink and soggy from the beetroot juice that wasn’t drained properly. Ahh! The memories.
Not sure if I have the time or inclination to wiz up 4-5 separate smoothie blends to get this stunning layered smoothie effect, but it sure looks appetizing. I usually throw everything together which ends up looking like a brownish goo, but it still tastes good, and I figure it all gets mixed up in your tummy anyway.
On the fence
The following I can give a pass to, as most of these use natural food coloring like powdered beet, or tumeric.
Rainbow Dim Sum
I know a steamed pork bun shouldn’t be mistaken for unicorn poop, but they look so damn cute, and quite delicious. I’d totally have one right now. Don’t hate me.
I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% on board with green cream cheese, but knowing that it’s matcha powder, not mould, makes it more appealing.
It’s all fun and games until someone takes it too far and everything ends in tears. Pastel foods I can sort of give a pass too, but when you are serving me up unnaturally bright neon colours, that’s when enough is enough.
Our local bagel shop has these and sells out every time, but even the 8 year old was disappointed after one bite. She expected a flavour explosion to match the colour intensity, but it turns out rainbow bagels taste like a regular plain bagels. Give me poppy seed or garlic any day of the week.
I’m not a coffee drinker, but surely this is sacrilege. My Mister gets peeved when his latte is sprinkled with cocoa, I can’t imagine the look on his face if he was presented with a rainbow fleur-de-lis on his milk foam.
Rainbow Grilled Cheese
Just NO! When will this madness end?
What do you think? Has the rainbow food trend gone to far, or are you totally on board?
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