Studies show that eating a colorful diet is important for healthy bones, good memory, and a strong immune system (remember this last one as the flu season approaches!). Plus, colorful food often tastes better, making bland foods less boring. Here's a rainbow of nutritious, kid-approved foods and corresponding menu ideas to keep in mind the next time you visit the grocery store.
Red: Improves heart and brain function and may protect against some forms of cancer.
- Strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, watermelon, and apples
- What kid doesn't like tomato soup served alongside a grilled cheese sandwich?
Orange: Improves the immune system and eyesight and may reduce the risk of developing cancer
- Carrots, sweet potatoes, oranges, cantaloupe, and squash
- Drizzle a bit of maple syrup over oven-roasted carrots; or try weelicious' kid-friendly recipe for sweet potatoes in orange cups.
Yellow: High in Vitamin C and may also reduce the risk of developing cancer.
- Corn, grapefruit, lemons, and mango
- Jazz up corn kernels with just a touch of butter and sprinkled sugar; or blend mango, yogurt, ice, and honey together for a smooth, frosty drink.
Green: Improves immune system and eyesight.
- Spinach, broccoli, peas, green beans, asparagus, and romaine
- Melt low-fat cheese over broccoli; toss peas in butter; or make fun roll-ups with sausage, cheese, and chopped spinach rolled in crescents.
Blue: Full of antioxidants and can prevent tumors from forming and suppress growth
- Sprinkle blueberries over yogurt or cereal.
Purple: Improves heart health and may help in fighting cancer.
- Blackberries, plums, eggplant, and grapes
- Freeze grapes for a few hours for a refreshingly sweet snack.
What fun ways do you use to add color to your children's diet?