Every Friday we share the best of the week’s food and nutrition finds: what we’ve loved, what’s inspired us and what’s revolutionised our family mealtimes.
BBC Good Food’s Colour Palate Infographic
I love a good graphic, me. And I also appreciate a nice play on words. So I’ve been raving about BBC Good Food’s Colour Palate Infographic all week and to anyone who will listen (but mostly my family).
If you’ve ever wondered whether you’re really getting your five a day (or seven or 10, depending on which report you read), then this one is for you.
Six lovely charts corresponding to six different coloured fruit and veg groups: red, orange, yellow, green, purple and white. And on each chart, exactly what a portion is, be it one apple or three tablespoons of blueberries or two prunes. Plus a handy explanation at the bottom of why this particular food colour group is good for you.
Making sure we’re all eating properly is something I always worry about. I never quite feel we get it right. So, the minute I saw this I knew it was going to help me and us as a family get our act together in terms of eating the right balance of fruit and vegetables. Slight issue with printing these out (BBC Good Food should really turn this into a poster, but you could probably take a memory stick to Snappy Snaps?), and part way through the printer ran out of ink but, after some faff, a bit of cutting and sticking (my nine year-old helped) these graphics are now on our kitchen walls.
And so far, it’s been a real learning experience for us all. The main thing I’ve learnt, (surprisingly as I thought I knew it all when it came to healthy eating) was that it’s actually easier than I realised to sneak in an extra portion of fruit and veg. Slice up two inches of cucumber and bung that in a sandwich and that’s one portion taken care of. Throw a handful of raspberries in a yoghurt and that’s another.
The real reward has been seeing my vegetable-shy daughter looking at the charts and choosing which fruit and veg she wants as her five a day. Day one she chose kiwi fruit, corn (creamed, which takes a stronger stomach than mine), banana, baked beans, raspberries and strawberries. So off we went to the supermarket to traipse around the fresh produce aisles – and that in itself was a great thing to do together.
A sticky moment came when she asked if popcorn is one of our five a day. Anybody? Well, it is corn. Also, there’s no listing on the graphic for watermelon (which we’ve bought this week) or potatoes. But then there isn’t one for kohlrabi either (my little joke, @bbcgoodfood. )
Another wonderful element about this graphic is that it encourages you to eat a rainbow – pick one fruit/vegetable from each colour group and you’ve covered your bases.
Not sure how long the new kitchen wallpaper will last but it’s got us all thinking, and eating better this week. We love it.