Nutrition can be an overwhelming, ever changing topic. How do you ensure that you and your family are eating properly and getting all of the important vitamins and minerals (not to mention what ARE the most important vitamins and minerals)? Because we love providing a little Peas of Mind to busy parents, we’re here this week to make eating right as easy as saying ROY G BIV! If you’re not sure what that means, go ask your 2nd grader. She’ll excitedly tell you that it stands for the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Now is the perfect time to rely on the colors of the rainbow to get your nutrients as we still have the bounties of summer but are also starting to get the tastes of fall.
We’re making an easy to follow color-coded guide that will help you fill up your plate (or your daughter’s lunch box) with nutrient packed produce.
RED: Strawberries, tomatoes, apples, beets, cherries, raspberries
ORANGE: Sweet potatoes, carrots (carrot fries), peaches, melon
YELLOW: Bananas, bell peppers, pineapples, asian pears
GREENS: Kale, spinach, broccoli (broccoli fries), apples, lettuce, kiwi
BLUE/VIOLET: blueberries, eggplant, blackberries, plums, grapes, figs
Each day eat AT LEAST one item from every color. And keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to get your kids involved with healthy eating choices; let them help you pick out produce at the grocery store based on their favorite colors or have them pack their lunch keeping in mind, the more color the better. What are you waiting for…it’s time to taste the rainbow!