Sunday, March 21, 2010

Eat the Rainbow!

Some parents are lucky enough to have kids who will eat anything. Others need to get creative in order to assure their little ones are getting all the nutrition they need. While most kids would rather eat macaroni & cheese than salads, you might try convincing them to "eat a rainbow." That is, serving them foods that represent all the colors of the rainbow. The more vividly a fruit or vegetable is colored, the more powerful its phytonutrients are.

Make it a point to go shopping with your little one and ask them to help you pick out colors from the rainbow from the produce aisle. When you get home, wash the veggies and fruits together and slice them up and arrange them in a sampling tray so you can try everything.

Need suggestions for fruits and veggies to make your own rainbow? Try these:

Red: Cherry tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, and red bell pepper.

Orange: Oranges (of course!), carrots, cantaloupe, orange bell pepper, and sweet potatoes.

Yellow: Bananas, lemons, squash, yellow bell pepper, pineapple, and corn.

Green: Spinach leaves, green grapes, celery, avocado, broccoli, peas and zucchini.

Blue & Purple: Blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, grapes, and plums.

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