Easy Ways To Eat The Rainbow
It’s Pride Month! And it’s a lovely time to reflect on all the ways the LGBTQ+ community has influenced the world for the better. We encourage you to seek out street parties and events in your area, to celebrate and support the community.
The rainbow flag, also known as the gay pride flag or LGBTQ+ flag, is a beautiful symbol of diversity and social equality.
Since we’re committed to providing healthy snacks filled with real ingredients, when we think of the rainbow, we also think about eating the rainbow. You’ve probably heard about how important it is to fill your diet with fruits and vegetables of all colors.
Perhaps this Pride Month can be a great opportunity to introduce your children to the idea of eating the rainbow, along with educating them about the rainbow flag. You’ll be teaching them invaluable lessons about diversity, and hopefully getting in a full spectrum of fruits and veggies, too.
So let’s break down the colors of the rainbow, along with some healthy food options for each color.
Fruits and vegetables get their redness from lycopene and anthocyanin, both of which have many health benefits. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant associated with reducing heart disease risk, and anthocyanin is believed to protect the liver, reduce blood pressure and inflammation, and more.
Great red options are apples, strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, raspberries, rhubarb and beets.
No doubt you’ve heard of the health benefits of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that supports healthy skin, hair and vision. It’s also what often makes fruits and vegetables orange. Most of us don’t get enough beta-carotene, so try to add more pumpkin, apricots, cantaloupe, mangoes, sweet potatoes and, of course, oranges, to your family’s diet.
And note that according to the National Cancer Institute, most adults don’t get enough red and orange veggies, so take this as a reminder to eat up (hint: strawberry, orange and peach freezer pops count when they’re made with organic fruit and no added sugar!).
Perhaps you’re seeing a trend: colorful food is often antioxidant-rich food, and that’s certainly the case for yellow food. The great thing about yellow foods is that they also contain specific phytonutrients that support gut health and digestion, helping you to better process what you eat and drink.
Example of great yellow foods include corn, ginger, yellow bell peppers, yellow onions, Yukon potatoes, squash, lemons, pineapple, bananas and starfruit.
We all know how important it is to eat your greens, because they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber.
Green vegetables get their color from chlorophyll. Leafy greens like kale and spinach are great of course. But don’t forget about artichokes, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, kiwi, limes, peas and honeydew melon.
Blue and Purple
Blue foods are rare in nature, but they shouldn’t be rare in your diet. That’s because they’re filled with anthocyanidins, which may be anti-inflammatory, anticancer and anti-obesity, among other health benefits. They’re present in blueberries, as well as in purple foods like purple potatoes and carrots.
Purple foods also have anthocyanins and many health benefits of their own.
So eat lots of blueberries, and don’t forget about plums, eggplant, and grapes.
Ultimately, the more colorful you’re able to make your family’s diet, the healthier it will be.
And eating the rainbow is fun! Remember that our freezies and fruitpops are made with 100% organic (and colorful!) fruit like mango, strawberries, blueberry and pomegranate. Since there’s no added sugar or preservatives, they’re a fun and easy way to introduce more variety in your child’s diet.