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What is a Rainbow Plate?

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Whether you've been following us for a while or have just joined, we thought it might be a good idea to answer this question!

So, what is a Rainbow Plate? It’s simply any plate or dish of food that includes any fruit or vegetables in any colour! 

We want everyone to feel good about eating, and we’re on a mission to make healthier eating simple and fun! We wanted to make it clear that there’s no “right” amount, type or colours of fruits and vegetables required to make your plate a Rainbow Plate. The idea is to look for and celebrate however many colours you’re eating, and to find a simple way to help everyone add more of these yummy and healthy foods to their plates every day!

 A Rainbow Plate might look like the one above, with lots of different foods in a whole rainbow of different colours. But, a Rainbow Plate might also be a plate like this one:

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with one or two colourful veggies or fruit included as part of a simple meal or snack. They’re both equally awesome! 

We know that everyone’s plate looks different. What ends up on our plate is influenced by so many different things, including: where we live, our budget, our culture, the seasons, our personal preferences, and our family’s traditions. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruit every day is a guideline that’s widely recommended and proven to be good for your health at any age.  Creating a Rainbow Plate every time you eat is a simple and fun way to do it! We use this rhyme in our work to help inspire and and remind kids to embrace this idea:

“Rainbow Plate, Rainbow Plate, tell me the COLOURS that you ate!”

We’d love to see YOUR Rainbow Plate! As you prepare your meals or snacks, think about how to add a bit more colour to your plate. Keep it simple - think about what’s in season or what fruits and veggies are on sale this week where you shop.  Frozen or canned produce is great too, just stick to items without added sugar or salt.

Post a photo of your Rainbow Plate on your Instagram or Facebook page with the hashtag #myrainbowplate. Don’t forget to tag us @rainbowplate! Tag a friend who would love to add more colour to their meals too!

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We’re So Confused: The Problems With Food and Exercise Studies   - By Gina Kolata


We’re So Confused: The Problems With Food and Exercise Studies - By Gina Kolata

I love this article by Gina Kolata in the New York Times. The media are quick to publish the latest health research findings, and to reduce those studies to blanket statements that send people running off after the latest solution to health woes. Let's face it; everyone's looking for a quick fix.  The problem is that research is complicated, and it's pretty tricky drawing a straight line between individual foods, nutrients or behaviours to specific health outcomes.  Things are never as simple as we'd like them to be.  The good news? Relax. What the research does consistently show is that the best approach is to step back and take a "big picture," long term approach to the way you eat and the way you live your life. Don't obsess over individual foods or nutrients.  Eat mostly good stuff; lots of rainbows for sure. Keep the crap to a minimum. Get moving regularly, doing something that makes you happy. That's what works.