We all understand the need and value in eating a wide range of vegetables and fruits. This has been promoted as eating a plate of colour or more specifically “Eat the Rainbow”.
Benefits of Chasing the Rainbow
“Eat the Rainbow” is an educational approach intended to encourage children to incorporate fruits and vegetables in their daily diet so that they can receive all the foods they need for their health. 1 Our children’s bodies require a range of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to remain healthy and nature has written these in colour for us. Ensuring our children eat different coloured fruits and vegetables daily in a rainbow is an extremely safe way to eat. As with our own diets, we can insure against any shortfalls with appropriate supplementation.
Benefits of Colour
Colourful plates of food are appealing, though getting the right proportion of foods from the major food groups is more complex than just picking vegetables and fruits to form a rainbow of colour. The British Heart Foundation state that, eating a variety of foods will help us obtain the essential nutrients we need and, by doing so, you’ll naturally embrace a broad colour palette. Fruits and vegetables are particularly colourful, so a rainbow plate can help you towards our 5-a-day. Plus, you’re more likely to enjoy eating an attractive meal.2
How to encourage our children to “Eat the Rainbow”
“Eat the Rainbow” is an educational approach intended to encourage children to incorporate fruits and vegetables in their daily diet so that they can receive all the foods they need for their health. 3 Our children need to be familiarised with the taste of fruit and vegetables from a young age to establish healthy habits later in life. Fruit is generally easier as humans have an innate preference for sweetness. While some vegetables are sweeter, they remain a struggle for many parents. But there are things we can do to encourage youngsters to eat their vegetables. Often new foods will need to be presented to a child on between five and ten occasions over time before they will try it. Importantly, if they taste it and don’t like it, encourage their willingness to have tried something new.
Please share your successes and reflections on how you continue to encourage your Children to Chase Rainbows with their Forks.
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This post is meant for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or nutritional advice or act as a substitute for seeking such advice from a qualified health professional. In order to make the blog series easier to read, I have used a conversational tone in many places with personal pronouns, such as “I” and “you.” This is meant only to make it more pleasant to read, and is not meant to imply that the information constitutes any form of advice, whether personal or general.