[pictured above: steamed green beans, red leicester cheese, raspberries, and pumpkin/carrot bread.]
…by serving them foods with loads of various colors!
I Corinthians 6: 19-20 states, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” As mothers, we must show our children how to honor our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit by what foods/drinks we serve to them.
In addition to the lovely aesthetic of serving various colored food; it also adds great nutrional content to your meal. One website helpfully added,
“Did you know that adding color to your plate may add years to your life? The natural pigments that make fruits and vegetables so colorful can also help protect your body from common diseases and illnesses as you age. Think color! The bright red of ripe tomatoes, strawberries, cherries, and cranberries; the brilliant orange of carrots; the vibrant green of kiwifruit and kale; and the dramatic purple of Concord grapes. Scientists in labs across the country have made astounding discoveries about the health benefits of highly pigmented fruits and vegetables, which contain disease-fighting compounds called phytonutrients. These powerhouses act as a rogue police force, fighting off free radicals that cause cancer and a host of other enemies that increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more. Here’s just a sampling of the health benefits of eating colorful fruits and vegetables.
* The red in tomatoes helps reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and other types of cancers.
* The yellow in corn protects against macular degeneration, the number-one cause of blindness in the elderly.
* The orange in carrots and sweet potatoes helps prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol and helps reduce the risk of stroke.
* The green in dark, leafy greens helps prevent cancer.
* The blue in blueberries helps protect memory and motor function as you age, and helps fight cancer and heart disease.
* The purple in Concord grapes and grape juice helps prevent heart disease.
So when you’re filling your shopping cart or your plate, think the more color, the better!”
This also allows the mealtime to be a time of learning and exploring. Along with exercise and a lot of water, I think this is a great way to get our kids a healthy start to the day!
[we finished off that meal with some yummy yogurt]
What healthy suggestions do you have? Feel free to leave a comment!
Thanks for reading!