Taste the Rainbow

Eating an array of colorful food everyday is not just good for human beings, it helps to create life-longevity. You might consider this “eating the rainbow!”  Much to one’s delight, rainbow eating can be very tasty, fulfilling people’s taste-buds.  Eating a healthy and diverse food selection can be easy and fun for the whole family, even the kiddos!

As the future comes and goes, it has become well known that three to five servings of fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet.  But worldwide, more and more experts are agreeing, it is not just the amount of fruit and vegetables a person eats, variety is very important as well!

Age-old Eastern philosophy and nutritional science from the West both agree that when it comes to eating healthy, eating all the colors of the rainbow everyday is a great nutritional guide.  And when one thinks of the rainbow, it forms an easy set of colors to follow.  A great way to remember the colors is “ROY,G,BIV,” which stands for “Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.” Following the rainbow as a food guide will ensure parents and their kids will ingest a daily dose of healthy vitamins, minerals and nutrients.  🙂

Along with fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, and grains also cover a wide spectrum of the rainbow when it comes to colorful food.  Lacking variety in your diet when it comes to all of these different rainbow foods will create low vitamin, mineral, and nutrient density in a person’s diet.  Even taking a multivitamin does not fully supplement everything the human body needs and would get out of eating a wide variety of colorful foods daily.

When thinking of rainbow foods, colors such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple should come to mind.  There is a huge amount of wonderful fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts, and grains categorized in each color.  No matter what your preference, there are many choices to make the body happy when it comes to rainbow eating!

Below is a great rainbow eating seasonal chart to help provide a variety of colorful foods to eat all year.

Guest Author:  Joseph Canon is a student at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts earning an Associates Degree in Mind and Body Transformational Psychology, with specialties in Urban Farming and Holistic Nutrition.