By: Jennifer Ripepi, MD
Remember ROY G BIV? That guy who helped you recall the colors in the light spectrum. Let's think of his name when we try to prepare the Choosy Rainbow Salad.
Red- little tomatoes or cherries or strawberries
Orange- orange peppers, carrot sticks, or an orange (little ones are popular now)
Yellow- yellow peppers, apples, tomatoes, or corn
Green- lettuce, broccoli, snap peas, green beans or any other greens are great
Blue- how about blueberries?
Indigo and Purple- grapes, blackberries, purple cabbage
Make it a game in the store and if there is something you haven't tried before, show your family what Choosy would do: Try it!
Now put it all together. Remember that just a little is all you need for each salad or make a bigger one for the family to share--that could save you time. Look at the picture to get an idea for assembling this or create your own way. You can cut the pieces up and everyone makes their own. Food art is fun, creative, and can include the whole family. Use a small amount of whatever dressing you like or try it dressing-free. It's your choice.
And remember, when you use some fruit or veggies to have colorful snacks, instead of bland junk food snacks, you are well on your way to giving yourself and your kids the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber they were meant to have as fuel. Real kids, real food!
Here's to Rainbow Power! What strategies do you use to have your children eat a variety of healthy colors?