In Tuesday’s Houston Chronicle was a great article called “Eating a Rainbow of Healthy Food,” because June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. Alas, I can’t find the article on the Internet. Too bad, cause I could have linked dozens of people to that article! The author points out that My Plate, the new USDA’s graph that replaced the Food Pyramid suggests that we fill half our plate with fruits and vegetables. Fresh, canned, frozen, dried or 100% juice…they all count. Okay, I admit, I still don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. But I’m trying to add more!
Anyway, I went in search of websites that explain “Eating a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables.” Here’s what I found:
From the North Dakota State University – What Color is Your Food? It includes a box with serving sizes: one large banana, one small apple, 12 baby carrots, 2 cups raw greens, etc. It also has lists of fruits and vegetables under each color and what benefits each color has.
Here’s a blog post at Smithsonian.com – The Plate as a Palette. The blogger discusses “an intriguing event that combined art and cuisine.” Maybe something you can do small scale at home with the kiddies.
And speaking of kiddies, Preschoolrocks.com has Eat the Rainbow Game. And here’s a PDF activity guide for teachers and parents from the Mississippi Community Education Center, Eat a Rainbow Every Day.
So, what’s your favorite fruit and vegetable? I’ll start – I love apricots and carrots. Hmmm, both yellow/orange. I need to branch out.
Oh, I meant to mention this on last week's blog....I also participate in Daily Challenge, which is somehow connected to Facebook. It's a fun activity that helps you think about your overall health. Each day, you'll be sent a 'challenge' to your email. Wednesday's challenge was to eat a 'red' fruit or vegetable. Other challenges have been checking the quality of your water, walking the perimeter of a building, block, etc. You earn points and pass levels with each challenge you do. Check it out, it's free and it's fun.
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