Kids love rainbows! What’s not to like, they’re so bright and colourful! Did you know that you can take that love of rainbows and put it on a plate filled with fruits and vegetables?! Dr. Heather and I both agree that by using a rainbow as a guide, you can ensure that your children benefit from a wide range of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in their diet.
What are phytonutrients (pronounced fight-o-nutrients)? Phytonutrients are natural chemical compounds found in all plants; they protect against disease and promote health in plants and humans. A single orange contains over 170 different phytonutrients! Many phytonutrients also give fruit and vegetables their bright colour. No single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients that kids need to be healthy. That is why eating a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables everyday is an important part of a healthy diet!
By breaking produce down into colour groups of fire-engine red, bright orange, sunshine yellow, emerald green, and rich purples you can make eating fruits and vegetables fun and easy for your kids! Even at a very young age, kids can easily grasp the concept of eating a rainbow.
Apples, cherries, peppers, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes.
Apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, mangoes, oranges, peppers, sweet potatoes.
Bananas, peppers, pineapple, corn, grapefruit, squash, wax beans.
Broccoli, cucumbers, grapes, green beans, peas, spinach, kiwi.
Beets, blackberries, blueberries, red cabbage, eggplants, grapes, plums.
In Dr. Heather’s, Human Body Detectives series, we learn that our bodies are comprised of amazing and complex systems that require good nutrition in order to function properly! By encouraging your kids to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables you are setting them up with a healthy eating habit that will last a lifetime!
To learn about Kia visit, Today I Ate A Rainbow!