From Ken at NannyPro.com
It’s amazing the variety of colors that food comes in. One of the tricks that everyone can use to eat a balanced diet is to eat a variety of colors on our plate at every meal. There are times when kids will get on a kick and they will eat nothing that is not green, or orange or red. Take heart, this too shall pass. We can offer a rainbow of colors to our kids. Studies say that kids have to be exposed to a food at least three times before they will start to develop a taste for that food. So hang in there and continue to spice up your food choices with color. Check out 10 different colors of foods kids love.
Green: Now I can hear you thinking, are you kidding? My kids hate green veggies. Well, do they really hate all green veggies? Some kids will eat nothing, but green food. Heinz has even come out with a green ketchup to cater to those kids who love green. Salads are green and can be jazzed up with cran-raisins and pecans. Spinach can be added to a fruit smoothie and it will taste great, but it will turn green. Good thing for the kids is that they can’t taste the spinach and the great thing for you is that they are still getting all of the wonderful benefits of eating spinach and enjoying it. Broccoli with a little cheese over it should entice even the pickiest eater to try it.
Orange: Of course oranges themselves are orange and filled with vitamin C. Carrots are among the sweetest vegetables there are and kids love to eat carrots dipped in a little ranch dressing. Just make sure they aren’t just using the carrot sticks as a vehicle to just eat the dressing. And probably one of the best orange vegetables is sweet potato. These are filled with beta-carotene and are great for our kids.
Yellow: Bananas are yellow on the outside and white on the inside, but they still count under the yellow category. Kids love bananas and these can be blended up into a great smoothie for the busy mornings when you’re running a little late and don’t have time for a complete breakfast. Yellow squash is another yellow and while I don’t think there are a ton of kids begging their folks for yellow squash they will like the bright colors when put on a kabob on the grill mixed with some other fabulous colors.
Red: Who can forget red! Strawberries are a front runner for kids. If you mix strawberries into a spinach salad with some nuts you will probably have a much better chance of getting your child to eat a spinach salad. Raspberries are red and another wonderful source of vitamin C. But not just fruits come in red, what about tomatoes. Wait, are those a fruit or a vegetable? Well, technically they are a fruit, but most people don’t associate them as such. But kids tend to love these red beauties. Red bell peppers are fun to throw into a stir fry or to put on kabobs with yellow squash to make a fun and festive summer dinner.
Purple: Yep, there are purple potatoes on the market now and kids love seeing these fun vegetables make an appearance on their dinner plate. Just make sure to leave the skins on! Yep, kids will eat the skin and all and get all of those nutrients that they tend to miss when we peel the potatoes. Purple cabbage is another fun purple food. It’s fun because it adds a colorful touch to a salad and increases the nutritional value of the salad while not really adding a lot of weird flavor that will turn off a child.