Healthy eating habits: Eat colorfully

Jan 4, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. ET

It's essential to eat a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables every day and it can be a lot of fun too! Colorful fruits and vegetables provide a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals your body needs to maintain good health and energy levels. Each color range provides your body with different nutrients, so it is important to eat a rainbow of color! Here are five major colors and example foods:

Blue/purple: Blueberries, purple grapes, plums, purple cabbage, eggplant and purple peppers

Green: Avocados, green apples, honeydew, kiwifruit, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, leeks and peas

White: Bananas, brown pears, white peaches, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, jicama, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes and white corn

Yellow/orange: Apricots, cantaloupe, oranges, papayas, pineapples, butternut squash, carrots, yellow summer squash and sweet potatoes.

Red: Red apples, cherries, cranberries, pomegranates, strawberries, red peppers, radishes, radicchio and tomatoes.

Make it fun while shopping by having the kids pick out different colored fruits and vegetables. At mealtimes, identify the colors and name the foods. Colorful eating is an easy concept to teach small children and it will go a long way to developing their healthy eating habits.