We have a rainbow obsession at my house. Every day when we are dressing Miss P, I ask the question “rainbow pants today?” if they are clean, they win out every time. Rainbow colours blending together to me suggest a harmony, beauty and good luck.
Rainbows on your plate are a little more than good luck though. They signify the number of nutrients present in your food. By eating a variety, you are giving your body the best chance to fight against disease, illness and keep it healthy & strong.
Here’s the basic run down of each colour group and how it helps, from the Today I Ate a Rainbow website:
- Red: Very heart healthy and gives strength support to our joints!
- Orange: A great source of Vitamin C. The orange group helps keep our eyes healthy!
- Yellow: This group is good for our skin and helps our digestive system!
- Green: Helps our entire body and strengthens our immune systems which means less colds!
- Purple: Purple/blue foods are excellent for our brains! They help us with our memory and also help keep some cancers away!
Fruit kabobs are a simple affair that kids love to do. Pick out a variety of bamboo or metal kabob sticks, and chop fruits you want to use into a few bowls to give a choice of things to pierce. Let each child make their own fruit kabob. For bonus points, supply a low-fat vanilla yogurt for dipping.
Fruits to try:
Strawberries, blueberries, grapes, pineapples, watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, kiwifruit, orange sections.
It’s a great simple dessert, party snack and activity to keep kids occupied.
For other great ideas of meals & snacks for kids, follow The Inspired Home on Pinterest.