For the 6th annual Take Your Kids to Work Day, guest chef Siiri Sampson joined us in our kitchen to create a yummy lunch that was nutritious and safe for our youngsters! With a kid-friendly menu, it meant all 25 could participate in hand rolling pasta, making dips and dressings and colorful fruit skewers. Based on the premise of eating the colors of the rainbow, we identified and learned the benefits of a wide variety of foods and even got some of our pickier eats to enjoy new flavors! Our first ever kids class was a success and we look forward to creating more recipes and moments ripe for family to prepare together!
Why it Matters
This kid friendly Cook Together was focused on eating the colors of the rainbow. Nature provides us much of the nutrition we need to stay healthy and strong through the colors we eat. Each color of the rainbow contains a specific nutrient that helps a particular function in the body. Consuming a variety of colors is one way to ensure we get as many of those important vitamins and minerals as possible.
Putting into Practice
Red colored fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, strawberries, apples, beets and raspberries contain vitamin A and C and help the heart.
Yellow colored fruits and vegetables such as bananas, yellow peppers, corn, lemons, and yellow squash are high in vitamin C, and A, and help to prevent us from getting sick.
Green colored fruits and vegetables such as lettuce, peas, cucumbers, spinach, broccoli, and green grapes contain vitamin K, B, and E, and help to make our bones and teeth strong.
Orange colored fruits and vegetables, such as pumpkin, oranges, papaya, orange pepper, carrots, and squash contain beta-carotene which helps our eyesight.
Purple colored fruits and vegetables, such as eggplant, blackberries, blueberries, grapes and plums contain vitamins C and K, and help with memory.
Eating a balanced diet and incorporating a wide variety of colors is not only good for us, but it is also an integral part of learning to love our food. Kids love color and teaching the nutritional value of colors is a great way to encourage them to eat an abundance of healthy, whole foods.