Kansas City Wonder Dietitian Wonders
Wonder Dietitian wonders:
If an orange is orange, why isn’t a lime called a green or a lemon called a yellow?
Quick Quiz: What are the 4 food color groups?
If you are new to this blog you may not know the answer. But, never fear Wonder Dietitian is here to teach you.
B: blue, purple– blackberries, blueberries, grapes, onions, beets, etc.
R: red– tomatoes, raspberries, peppers, strawberries, watermelon, etc.
O: orange– an orange, peach, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.
G: green– lettuces, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, etc.
The plant chemicals that give these foods their color are important nutrients. You must have at least something from each of these color groups everyday.
Rule 1: Choose the food with the deepest color. Deeper color means more nutrients. Example: Spinach is darker than iceberg lettuce so it has more nutrients.
Rule 2: Choose veggies over fruits. Veggies are lower in calories and sugars. Limit your fruit to 3 servings each day.
A serving of fruit is 1 small or 1 cup cut up fresh or ½ cup cooked or canned.
(Oh no, not more knock knock jokes!)
Gorilla some colorful veggies tonight!
Don’t you just love Wonder Dietitian’s sense of humor? Don’t answer that!