Eat Your Rainbow Kids!

 This is my take on all of the "Muffin Tin" meals that are out there in the blogoshpere.  Since I don't have a muffin tin for both kids, I used cupcake liners and put them all on a big square platter.  Then we had a "floor picnic" since it's still in the 30's here.

Nutritionists are always saying that you should eat a "rainbow" of different colored foods.  So, I tried to do my best to make the shape of the rainbow and even followed the ROYGBIV color code. 

There is a great nutrition tracker at the  "Self Nutrition Data" website so that you can see nutrition info for different foods.  I've taken some info from this site for below. Another good thing about this site is that they give you the protein ranking and if your food is not complete, they give you suggestions for foods to pair with yours to make it more complete. Apparently, mushrooms and corn would have been some good things to add to our picnic!  They also tell you why a food is good/bad and the glycemic load and whether it is inflammatory or anti-inflammatory.      I am definitely bookmarking this site!!   Please note:  I know ours was heavy on fruit and sweet veggies, but hey!  the kids ate their rainbow!  And I don't think we'll get rickets anytime soon since we seemed to be heavy on Vitamin C.  And we had loads of fiber, which is one of the things that I try to incorporate most into our diets. Here are our rainbow foods!

R(ed)--Strawberries--Vitamin C, Folate, Manganese, little bit of iron and calcium
O(range)--Carrots--Vitamin A--teeny bit of iron and Vitamin C
Cheddar Cheese--Calcium and protein
Y(ellow)--Pineapple--Vitamin C,Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Small amounts of Calcium, Vitamin A, Iron
G(reen)--Frozen peas--apparently little powerhouses!--Vitamins A, C, K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin,Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Calcium, Protein
B(lue)--Frozen Blueberries--Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6
I(ndigo)--Actually, that's probably what the blueberries were, we don't have one for this.
V(iolet)--Red Grapes--Vitamins C, K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, B6, Potassium
We also had chickpeas--Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Pholate and they are loaded with minerals, including calcium
Cauliflower--Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Pholate

While we were having our floor picnic we watched Veggie Tales. 

I know some people see how environmentally unfriendly this is, but I see all of the vitamins and fiber my kids just ate. Plus, most of them can be thrown in with the paper recycling.

Everyone have a great Saturday and remember to eat your fruits and veggies!!!

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