We’re already one week into National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme – Eat Right with Color – is a simple way to boost the nutritional value of every meal. A press release from the American Dietetic Association explains: “A rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients, each with a different bundle of potential benefits for a healthful eating plan….To maximize the nutritional value of your meal, include healthful choices in a variety of colors.”
I get giddy about anything involving color-coding and spreadsheets, so I tracked how much of the spectrum I scarfed down during this past week:
But let’s be honest: a nutrition-minded grown-up with a predilection for plant-based foods is a proverbial fish in the barrel for Eating Right with Color. A much bigger challenge? Getting a kid to eat that way.
This week, I’ve had some success hyping the “Eat Your Rainbow” idea with my son. He’ll always eat fruit – in fact, our fruit bowl has a hard time keeping up with his appetite – but vegetables are not an easy sell. So I gave him that simple mantra, and I managed to get carrot sticks and edamame into him without complaint. Well, without much complaint.
Ready to be the Picasso of Produce? Here are a few guides to help: