The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that every time we sit down to eat that half of our plate is filled with fruits and vegetables. So put a rainbow on your plate!
Did you know there are 150,000 species of edible fruits and vegetables on the planet? That’s a lot of different fruits and vegetables to try. How many different kinds do you eat every day?
Most Americans eat only about 5: bananas, tomatoes (as ketchup and sauce), ice berg lettuce, potatoes (mainly as French fries), and oranges (mainly as juice).
Why Fruits and Vegetables are Good For You
- Fruits and vegetables are filled with color!
- Low in Calories
- Low in Fat
- Filled with nutrients
- Brimming with antioxidants
- Cheaper than many pre-prepared foods
Fruits and Veggies Come in all the Colors of the Rainbow
Red. Red fruits and vegetables contribute to heart health, memory function a lower risk of some cancers, and urinary tract health.
- Red Bell Peppers
- Red Potatoes
Can you name some other red fruits or vegetables?
Green. When we think vegetable we usually think green. Green vegetables are the only way to get chlorophyll. They also contribute to vision health, a lower risk of some cancers, and strong bones and teeth.
- Green Beans
- Brussels Sprouts
- Kiwi Fruit
Can you name some other green fruits or vegetables?
Can you name 2 types of lettuce that are better for you than iceberg?
Yellow. Yellow fruits and vegetables can lower risk of some cancers, improve heart health, vision health, and develop a healthy immune system. How many of these have you tried?
- Golden Delicious Apples
- Yellow Bell Peppers
- Sweet Corn
Can you name any others?
Orange. Orange fruits and vegetables can lower risk of some cancers, improve heart health, vision health, and develop a healthy immune system.
- Pumpkin and Winter Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
Can you name some other orange fruits or vegetables?
Blue/Purple. Blue and Purple fruits and vegetables contribute to healthy aging, lower risk of some cancers urinary tract health, and memory function.
Can you name any other purple vegetables or fruits?
Answer: Blackberries, purple cabbage plums
White. Helps reduce blood pressure and may help protect against strokes
Can you name some others?
If you eat one fruit or vegetable from each color every day you will get all the critical nutrients and phytochemicals needed to help keep you healthy!