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Eat a Food Rainbow

Girl holding plate of colorful foodDo you know a red fruit? Do you know a yellow fruit? There are a lot of colors of fruits.

Do you know a green vegetable? Vegetables are sometimes called veggies. Do you know an orange veggie? There are a lot of colors of veggies.

Kids need to eat a lot of colors of fruits and veggies every day. Eating fruits and veggies with a lot of colors helps you grow and stay well.

  • Red fruits and veggies help keep your heart strong.
  • Orange fruits and veggies help keep your eyes healthy.
  • Yellow fruits and veggies help keep you from getting sick.
  • Green fruits and veggies help make your bones and teeth strong
  • Blue and purple fruits and veggies help your memory.

Here is a food game to play. It is called the Food Rainbow Game. This food game helps you eat a lot of fruits and veggies. Eating fruits and veggies of many colors helps you stay healthy and strong.

How to Play the Food Rainbow Game

Draw a picture of a rainbow.

1) Do you know what a rainbow looks like? Ask your mom or dad to help you draw a rainbow.

2) Use crayons or markers to draw your rainbow. A rainbow has all these colors.

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple

Take your rainbow picture to the table when you eat.

3) Look at your plate. Do you see any fruit on your plate? What color is the fruit? Put an X in the fruit color on your rainbow picture.

4) Look at your plate. Do you see any veggies on your plate? What color is the veggie? Put an X in the veggie color on your rainbow picture.

5) Put your rainbow picture in a safe, clean place. Take your picture to the table each time you eat.

Are there a lot of Xs in your rainbow? Good job!

Eat a lot of fruit and vegetable colors every day! Eat red, green, yellow, orange, and purple fruits and veggies. Eating colorful fruits and vegetables is good for your body and mind. Ask your mom and dad what fruits and veggies you might like.

For Parents

This game is appropriate for 3- to 7-year-olds. Good health guidelines recommend that everyone -- kids and parents -- eat fruits and vegetables each day. The compounds that make fruits and vegetables good for the body are often what give them their color, too. So when you eat many colors, you're making sure you get a variety of nutrients. And because the body can't store some of these nutrients, you need to eat foods that contain them every day to protect your health.

As the parent, food-shopper, and cook, it's up to you to make fruits and vegetables available and appealing to your child. Helping them to create and remembering to play the Food Rainbow Game is a big step toward building their enthusiasm for fruits and veggies.

Here are other things you can do to make eating fruits and vegetables routine in your home.

  • Offer fruits or vegetables at every meal.
  • Make 1/2 of your servings at lunch and dinner vegetables and fruit. (Another 1/4 should be whole grains, and the last 1/4 protein.)
  • Serve your child small portions of fruits and vegetables. She can always ask for more.
  • Take advantage of produce in season, but don't overlook frozen fruits and vegetables (with no sauce are likely to be healthiest), and canned goods without added salt or sugar (like fruit labeled "in its own juice"). Convenience is a huge motivator.
  • Make fruits and veggies easy to see and access at home. Put fruit in a bowl on the table. Cut and wash veggies and put them on a covered tray in the fridge.
  • Go beyond the standard red apple, green pear, and purple grape. Try kiwis, beets, mango, sweet red bell peppers, cucumber slices, and edamame.

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