Every color of the rainbow offers a unique mix of nutrients that are important for good health, including antioxidants, fluid, fiber, vitamins, and minerals! In fact, the pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their bright, sunny colors is actually where many of the nutrients are found, which is why eating produce in the same color family provides a similar mix of nutrients! This means that menus never have to be boring, and no matter what favorites fall in each color of the rainbow, those nutrients will be there in each choice.
Make this a fun way to challenge guests to bring their favorite color combinations to the party! The table will look great, and many creative new ways to enjoy produce at festivities or on regular weekdays will be found! No matter the celebration or occasion, there is a produce in the color of the season that can be served. Guests will love it and it will help carry the theme – it’s not just about colored plates anymore! Celebrate in style while providing necessary nutrients to everyone at the table.
Red Produce: The pigment in red produce helps showcase the nutrients that help with heart health, memory, and a reduced risk for cancer! Wash produce and be sure to eat the skins on everything from apples to red pepper for the most nutritional bang for the buck.
|Red Fruits||Red Veggies|
|Red bell pepper
Tomatoes (cherry, grape, roma, beefsteak, etc)
|White/Tan Fruits||White/Tan Veggies|
|Blue/Purple Fruits||Blue/Purple Veggies|
Simply layer raspberries or strawberries, banana slices and vanilla yogurt, and blueberries/blackberries in a stemmed glass for a red, white, and blue treat that is beautiful to serve, packed with nutrients, and easy to eat! For a garnish, add a sprig of fresh mint if desired.
Red, White, and Blue Beverage
Freeze berries (blue and red) into 100% purple grape juice or red juice like cranberry. Once frozen, serve in iced white tea or lemonade made with fresh lemon for a sneaky, refreshing way to get fruit on the party menu!
Red bell pepper, cut into strips
Cherry or grape tomatoes
Jicama cut into strips
Light ranch dressing for dipping
Arrange red, white, and blue veggies on a platter alternating colors to fill the tray. Serve with light ranch or other veggie appropriate dip to make veggies the life of the party!
|Fresh Summer Fruit Salad