Have you heard this phrase, “Eat a rainbow”? It’s a catchy phrase and tool used to teach and encourage us all to eat a colorful array of fruits and vegetables to help provide our bodies with the variety of nutrients that it needs. With a multitude of seasonal fruits and vegetables available, summertime is the perfect time of the year to incorporate “a rainbow” into one’s daily diet.
Fruits and vegetables are filled with various vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients that help sustain a healthy body and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The “My Plate” nutrition guide, published by the USDA, recommends that we make ½ of our plate fruits and vegetables. Watch a video of a registered dietitian discussing My Plate.
If we fill our plates ½ full with a variety of fruits and vegetables in a multitude of colors this will help ensure that we are providing our bodies with the vital nutrients that our bodies need.
So, too incorporate “a rainbow” into your daily routine with seasonal fruits and vegetables this summer, select your favorites, or maybe be adventurous and try some new ones, from the following suggestions:
- Red – strawberries, raspberries, cherries, watermelon, red bell pepper, tomatoes, rhubarb
- Orange- cantaloupe, carrots, apricots, orange bell pepper
- Yellow – yellow squash, golden melon, corn, yellow bell pepper, peaches
- Green – cucumber, arugula, sugar snap peas, honeydew, lime, zucchini
- Blue –blueberries, elderberries, blackberries
- Purple – eggplant, beets, plums, purple grapes, boysenberries
Certainly, many other fruits and vegetables are available year round, too, as options to include in a healthy diet. Just remember, whatever fruits and vegetables you choose to eat this summer, have fun, enjoy and have a happy, healthy summer!