Encourage Healthy Eating With a Rainbow of Veggies
Looking for a great way to make eating the entire vegetable family more exciting and appetizing to your family? Just give things a splash of color!
Assign each day of the week to a color and encourage your family to eat vegetables of the same shade that day.
Giving each day a theme helps remove the shock and surprise that can come from seeing a plate full of vegetables, introduces the freedom of choice, and encourages a bit of adventure. What’s not to love? Vegetables can be fun.
The Weekly Plan
Suggested color and vegetable matches:
Broccoli, green pepper, lettuce, avocado, celery, spinach, peas
Carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes
Radishes, red peppers, beets
Cauliflower, white asparagus, onions
Eggplant, purple cabbage, purple peppers, purple carrots
Olives, black beans, black-eyed peas
Corn, yellow squash, yellow peppers
- For fussy eaters, add Country Crock® to any vegetable and have them prepare the ingredient-of-the-day in a variety of different ways—roasted, grilled, sautéed, or even gingered.
- Make it a team effort. Since everyone has their own likes and dislikes, give your family a couple of options and the freedom to choose which vegetable the family eats each day. Then, make sure to include them in lunch boxes and on the dinner table.
- When first announcing the vegetable color, describe a fun fact or two about each vegetable choice; knowing its nutritional benefits will make your family more excited about eating it. Arm yourself with facts online beforehand.
- To get them even more in the spirit, why not wear a piece of clothing that matches the vegetable color of the day?