We like to say: “Eat a rainbow of food and you will get all of the nutrients your body needs to live your best life.” If you aren’t sure what we mean by that, take a look at your plate. Is it colorful? Does it include many of the colors in the rainbow?
Shopping for a rainbow of food at the farmers’ market and the produce section of the grocery store makes shopping fun. Turn rainbow shopping into a game for you and your family. Let each child pick 2-3 foods in each color and then have them help prepare a meal or snack platter with the gorgeous food.
RED: Red fruits and veggies are high in antioxidants which help keep our cells healthy. They also contain vitamins A and C and lycopene which is known to reduce your risk of certain types of cancer.
beets, red peppers, tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, pomegranates, watermelon, radishes, cherries
ORANGE: Orange produce is generally loaded with vitamins A, C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C helps keep our immune systems working and beta-carotene keeps our eyesight healthy.
Oranges, cantaloupe, orange peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash
YELLOW: Yellow fruits and veggies mean lots of vitamin C, potassium and fiber too which keeps our internal systems running smooth.
Bananas, yellow squash, golden apples, lemons, corn, mango
GREEN: Green gives us is our favorite category as it is loaded with the biggest rawk stars of all … leafy greens. Leafy greens keep our blood clean, our immune systems working and the pH level in our bodies balanced.
Spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, grapes, pears, avocados
BLUE / PURPLE / DARK: Blue, purple and dark foods are high in antioxidants and help keep our hearts healthy and our brains working … some say they even make us smahter.
Blueberries, grapes, cabbage, blackberries, figs, eggplants, seaweeds
WHITE: White foods are also loaded with antioxidants and fiber and anthoxanthins that can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Cauliflower, radish, turnips, parsnips, garlic,onions
EAT A RAINBOW!
Rainbows are beautiful and so are you!