Eat the Rainbow; Taste the Rainbow

rainbowfoods We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is important. In fact, I remember my parents always telling me “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” just to get me to eat fruit. The truth is that an apple a day won’t keep the doctor away, but including a lot of different fruits and vegetables in your diet can have great benefits. Phytonutrients, also known as plant nutrients, can help protect you against sickness and disease. Keep your taste buds and your body happy by including a variety of colors into your diet.

In order to know which color fruit or vegetable your snack is in and what health benefit it has, check out the chart below. You can even cut it out and post it on your fridge!

rainbowfoodsgrid

Diet Tips: 

So now the question is, how do we include more of these foods in our diet?

  1. Keep washed fruits and vegetables in the fridge and within reach
  2. Combine sliced fruit with yogurt for a fast and healthy breakfast
  3. Dip raw vegetables in hummus, peanut butter, or a low-fat dressing
  4. Bake apples with cinnamon or grill peaches for a yummy yet healthy dessert
  5. Make dishes that include ingredients from each of the color groups such as a fruit salad

TTU Campus Tips: 

Salad Bar: Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables from the salad bar at each meal

Hot Line: Add vegetables such as lettuce and tomato to your sandwich, salad, or burger. Grab a side vegetable such as broccoli, asparagus, or squash with your main dish.

Dining Locations: Grab a fresh fruit smoothie from Cold Corner at the SUB or a mixed salad from Greens & Things at The Commons.

For More Information Visit: 

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/ 

Prepared by Megan Rider, NACUFS Intern
Hospitality Dietitian Mindy Diller, MS, RDN, LD   mindy.diller@ttu.edu 

 

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