What’s on Your Plate?

Think variety! Think color! Think rainbow! Dazzle your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables and give yourself a boost! Each color offers a different benefit for your body, so eating a good variety is important for everyone, especially young, growing bodies.

Did you know that red fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that help keep your heart healthy and lower your risk of certain types of cancer? Yellow and orange carry beta-carotene, and antioxidants that support a healthy immune system, good vision, and clear skin. What about green? These are packed with powerful antioxidants and nutrients that have anti-cancer properties with leafy greens carrying folate too. Are you forgetting things lately? Blue and purple can help improve memory and reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Don’t forget about white & brown which can have antiviral and antibacterial properties (garlic) and even be a good source of potassium (bananas).

Are you ready to get more color on your plate? Here are some easy and kid-friendly ways to succeed at creating a colorful plate that your whole family can enjoy.

Easy Ways to Get Your Family to Enjoy More Fruits & Veggies

  • Top cereals, yogurt, or oatmeal with fruit slices, berries or dried fruit.
  • Stock up on canned and dried fruits for on the go snacks that don’t need refrigeration.
  • Kids LOVE dips! Lure your kids into dipping carrots, celery, sweet peppers and more into hummus, ranch, or cream cheese dips. Have you seen the new chocolate flavored hummus at the store (chocolate addict here)?
  • Need an easy family meal after a long day? Warm up a bowl of veggie soup like tomato, butternut squash, or minestrone. Perhaps throw in some alphabet or crazy shaped noodles to entertain the kids too.
  • Make homemade muffins/breads with pureed fruit and veggies thrown into the mix.
  • Make smoothies more nutritious by adding veggies to the mix (pureed or chopped).

**Secret tip of the day: Buy baby food to save yourself from having to puree your own fruits and vegetables.

March Health Focus- Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA

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4 responses to “What’s on Your Plate?”

  1. Lisa Ensele says:

    Great tips! Super helpful! Thanks! πŸ˜‰

    • admin says:

      Lisa! So glad you found it to be helpful. Thanks so much for reading!! πŸ€—πŸ‘πŸ₯’πŸ₯•πŸ“

  2. carol lindsay says:

    It’s important for children to develop good eating habits. I’m sure your book will be a BIG hit!.

    Carol Lindsay

    • SuitFruitBooks says:

      Carol, we couldn’t agree more about developing healthy eating habits for kids and adults alike! Thanks so much for reading!

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