Fresh fruit out on the counter: An insta-reminder to give them a colorful diet

Despite our best efforts, it’s easy to get stuck in a limited fruit (bananas and apples for us) and veg (broccoli and carrots) rut. Which means, of course, that we aren’t getting the rainbow of colors and cancer-preventing antioxidants/nutrients that everybody keeps talking about (a.k.a, yet another opportunity for self-flagellation in the wee hours). My trick, which works especially well during the warms months when it’s impossible to resist abundant (and cheap) cherry tomatoes, blueberries, and fresh peas, is to leave boxes of  summer/early fall bounty on the counter, so I simply can’t miss it. I  throw together a small bowl of fruit or vegetables with everything my kids will eat in front of each at breakfast or after camp/school and hope for the best.


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One Comment


  1. Posted by: Melissa D

    We visited a farmer’s market this week and picked up a 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes of all colors. The familiar red ones in the box opened the gate to my girls (5 & 3) eating the yellow and purple and orange ones. One child was enamored of the little box itself and carried it around for days.

    We also encourage the “eat a rainbow” principle. What little girl doesn’t love rainbows?

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