Thursday, July 1, 2010

I Can Eat a Rainbow....Can You?


Today is Thursday, and the holiday weekend is almost upon us. We have one more literacy event planned for the week, so make sure to come and visit us at the Story House today for Brown Bags and Books from 12-2. For today's Brown Bags blog I am going to talk about the importance of getting your children to "Eat a Rainbow." Check out this catchy tune to get your little ones inspired.

Although it seems like pulling teeth when trying to get your children to eat vegetables, it is well worth the pull. Not only do raw fruits and vegetables come packed with vitamins, minerals and all important phytochemicals, but they are a phenomenal brain food. These foods will be sure to keep your children healthy and on top of their game while they are in class. So when you and your child are packing up a brown bag to come to the park or even packing a lunch to take to school make sure to pack a rainbow. Send some vegetable sticks such as carrots and peppers or include some cucumbers and grape tomatoes. Mix in some fruit salad with apples, oranges, pineapple and grapes. All of these suggestions will go great on their own or are even better when mixed together with other fruits and vegetables. They make an easy side to go along with a sandwich or whatever else it is you are packing for lunch that day.

I would encourage you to let your kids get involved in packing their lunch. It gets them excited to eat whatever it is they are packing, and will even help get them excited to eat those fruits and vegetables we often struggle with.

Hope everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday, and don't forget to take some time and eat a rainbow while you are with your family and friends this holiday weekend.

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