How important is food in your life? What does food mean to you?
To be healthy and live a long life, proper nutrition is really essential. We eat food every day, and food is part of our life. The nutrients and energy found in the food we eat allows us to grow, be healthy, active such as being able to play, work, think, study, and move. Each particular food that we take contains specific nutrition such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats, electrolytes which are needed for holistic growth.
Food after water and air, plays an important role in preventing diseases and promoting health. It is a mixture of various ingredients that are eaten for nutrition. Nutrition on the other hand, indicates a powerful action in which the consumed food is used for nourishment of the human body. The more we eat balanced food, our body will get proper nutrition. When there is an insufficient amount of protein, or carbohydrate intake, it often results to illness or infection. Eating nutritious food allows our body and mind with the energy needed to grow, feel well, be active, learn, and staying healthy.
There is a phrase that many nutritionists use to remind us to include more fruits and vegetables in our diet and this is called “Eat the Rainbow.” The colourful and natural foods available on our table/ kitchen supports healthy growth and prevents problems like iron deficiency, dental cavities, tooth decay, anemia, diabetes, obesity, kwashiorkor, high blood pressure, brittle hair, tiredness, stress, increased severity of infections, dizziness, eyesight or heart problems, etc.
The rainbow foods provides the nutritional value we need! Pack your food from every colour of the rainbow!
Here are a summary of the different types of RAINBOW foods: ofy.org
Sliced strawberries, cherries, apple slices with all-natural peanut butter or almond butter, raspberries, watermelon slices, cooked sweet potato slices with cinnamon, cranberry juice, tomato slices with salt and pepper, bell peppers slices
Pineapple slices, cantaloupe balls, baby carrots with ranch dip, peaches, dried mango slices, oranges, yellow peppers, lightly salted pumpkin seeds, roasted squash, and fresh papaya
Sugar snap peas, kiwi, celery sticks with peanut butter, honeydew slices, avocado slices with salt, green grapes, cucumber salad with tomato and Italian dressing, peas, zucchini slices, broccoli, kale or spinach salads, stir fried bok choy
Blueberries, blackberries with low-fat yogurt, dried plums, grapes, eggplant parmesan, raisins, pomegranate juice, roasted beats
Banana slices with peanut butter, roasted cauliflower, pear slices, white peaches, hummus dip, sautéed mushrooms, white bean dip with wheat crackers, hard-boiled egg, kohlrabi slaw
What we consume becomes our nourishment, and this determines how we can be healthy and how well our body functions. Students are better able to learn, get high grades, have better memory, alert, and fast in processing information if properly nourished. Without proper nourishment, our body cannot perform well.
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