What does it mean to Eat a Rainbow?
• Choosing a variety of different-colored whole foods throughout the day and week.
• The more naturally occurring colors on your plate at each meal or snack, the better (Fruits and veggies get their color from the vitamins inside them!).
• It does not mean making a rainbow with artificially colored foods (gummy snacks, soda, popsicles, etc.).
How can I help my family to Eat a Rainbow?
• Put at least one produce item of each color on the shopping list every week.
• Buy what's in season to enjoy peak flavor and lower prices.
• Serve produce at peak ripeness. Some kids reject foods that are under or over ripe.
• Wash fresh fruits and veggies as soon as you get home so they're ready for kids to grab and eat. Store them within kid reach.
Try this treat: Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip
- Choose your favorite fruits (berries, pineapple, kiwi, apples, oranges, etc.) and cut them into equal-size chunks.
- Thread them onto wooden skewers.
- Dip them into nonfat vanilla yogurt or a mix of ½ cup nonfat plain yogurt with 1 teaspoon honey.
For games to help your family eat the rainbow and a chart of which colored produce contains which benefits, check out the PCSD Facebook page or Wellness page on the district website.
Source: Whole Kids Foundation