Rainbow Meal Planning

I realized at dinner last weekend that we needed a new way to eat. I, as mom and Chief Lunchlady, needed to find a way to get healthier foods on our table and in our mouths.
I did a little research on foods of different colors and created a little chart for us to use to see how well we do.
The goal is to eat on food of each color of the rainbow every day. Here is our chart (click the picture to download it for yourself!)

Eat The Rainbow Chart
I’m printing one for each member of the family so we can mark off every time we eat a color. The person who can fill up the entire rainbow (7 colors X 7 days = 49 check marks) will win a prize at the end of the week.
To help me choose foods I printed off the pdf on the NDSU site : “What Color is Your Food?
Ask Dr Sears’ website has some great information on what nutrients come from what colors (natural colors of course!) and a few fun ideas to get the kids interested in eating colorful foods!
I also stumbled upon some fun info about food and colors 🙂
Color Matters has me on the hunt for a blue light for my fridge!  Seems blue is an appetite suppressant!
From Color Psychology:

Food for Thought

While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. When food dyed blue is served to study subjects, they lose appetite.Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Red is often used in restaurant decorating schemes because it is an appetite stimulant.
Read more: Color Psychology — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/colors1.html#ixzz19kqsWP92

This doesn’t explain the absolute deliciousness that are Blueberry Muffins but there is an exception to every rule right?
Maybe I’ll start participating in Muffin Tin Monday again!  A color in each spot!
Are you trying to eat healthier in the New Year?  Do you have any special plans to get you there?