Eating a varied, well-balanced diet is important for us all, but even more so for babies who are rapidly growing and developing every day. Feeding your little one a diverse range of foods is also an eye-pleasing way to help cultivate their adventurous spirit. Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of stunning colors and flavors, but their real beauty lies on the inside. Colorful foods are nature’s way of signaling the beneficial nutrients within. They are not only full of antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins and minerals, but are also fun to shop for and cook with.
By introducing new textures and flavor profiles to your budding eater, you are giving your child one of the most significant tools they will need for a healthy start. As toddlers begin to explore eating independence this will help frame their outlook on food for life.
It is not only important for young eaters to consume their colors. Adults with more established palates experience a better-rounded flavor profile with a mix of sweet, pungent, sour, salty and gentle bitterness that can help balance out food cravings. As always, choosing organic and seasonal produce whenever possible is another way to get the most out of your foods. Scientists have discovered that organically farmed produce creates a better taste and truer flavors, as well as promotes biodiversity and a healthier environment for generations to come.
Here’s a quick splash of colorful food benefits:
Orange & Yellow: Rich in Vitamin A for healthy skin and to protect against infections. Plum favorites include: Sweet Potatoes & Pumpkins
Purple & Blue: Contain powerful antioxidants and heart-healthy phytonutrients including flavonoids, known for improving motor skills and preventing bacterial infections. Plum favorites include: Purple Sweet Potatoes, Plums & Blueberries.
Red: Packed with lycopene, which is linked to various forms of cancer prevention. Plum favorites include: Strawberries & Beets.
Green: Rich in antioxidants like Lutein, which is great for eye health, as well as many others that support cell growth and overall balance in the body. Plum favorites include: Kale & Green Grapes.
Created by a Mom — Plum Organics believes healthy eating starts with the very first spoonful. Plum Organics is dedicated to offering the purest, best tasting organic food for babies and toddlers and believes you can help your lil’ one develop an appreciation for real food and tastes to nurture palate development. Plum Organics has created an awarding-winning line of culinary-inspired, portable baby food in lightweight, re-sealable pouches as well as a complete line of organic snacks for toddlers that help parents nourish their little ones with yummy, nutritious foods.