Why Its Important to Eat the Rainbow
We all might’ve heard the phrase “Eat the Rainbow” before. Mostly in Skittles commercials, but often times it’s a term used by dietitians to help children eat more of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Getting your kids to try new fruits and vegetables can be difficult. Its easy to get stuck in the same routines of making them the same meals because at least you know they’ll eat it. But, it’s important to start incorporating different coloured foods into their diets so that they can benefit from the all the different minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that these foods provide.
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of eating the rainbow:
What do red fruits and vegetables do for you?
- Good for your heart and blood health
- Supports joint function
- Full of vitamin A & C
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce risk of stroke and macular degeneration
- Promote heart health
Try eating more: apples, beets, cabbage, cherries, red potato, radish, rhubarb, strawberry, watermelon and tomatoes.
What do orange fruits and vegetables do for you?
- Boosts antioxidant intake
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Promotes anti-inflammation
- Help prevent cancer
- Promotes collagen growth
- Keep eyes and skin healthy
- Provides electrolytes
Try eating more: apricot, pumpkin, carrot, mango, nectarine, orange, peach, squash, sweet potato and carrots.
What do yellow fruits and vegetables do for you?
- Good for your skin, heart and eyes
- Improves digestion and your immune system
- Assists in maintaining gastrointestinal health
- Helps to fortify skin elasticity
Try eating more: banana, pineapple, corn, lemons, yellow beets, yellow squash, yellow peppers and yellow pear.
What do green fruits and vegetables do for you?
- Improve eye health
- Good for your bones
- Slows down macular degeneration
- Helps to detox your body and strengthen you immune system
- Reduces risks for certain cancers like colon, bladder, breasts
- Up-regulate detox enzymes in the liver
- Contains vitamin K, magnesium and potassium
Try eating more: asparagus, avocado, green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, zucchini, celery, kiwi, cucumber and lettuce.
What do blue fruits and vegetables do for you?
- Supports the immune system
- Improves skin health and helps to prevents wrinkles
- Increases antioxidants consumption
- Assists with learning, memory and mood
- Promotes anti-inflammation in the heart and blood vessels
Try eating more: blueberries, blackberries and blue corn.
What do purple fruits and vegetables do for you?
- Contains powerful antioxidants
- Helps with mineral absorption
- Improves your memory and brain function
- Helps to protect the nervous system
Try eating more: acai berries, plums, eggplant, grapes, purple carrots, purple cabbage, and purple potatoes.
This Sunday, POP Kids will be learning more about eating the rainbow through fun activity where they will need to figure our what each fruit is and colour it the correct colour. As they guess the right colour, we will give them more information on why eating this colour fruit is so beneficial for them. Once they are done colouring, we will cut out the fruits and vegetables and glue them onto to rainbows to give them a better visual of what eating the rainbow looks like.
Hope to see you there!
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