Roy G. Biv. I can remember the day my grandmother taught me that name as a way to remember the colors of the rainbow. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. I’ve never forgotten it.
You have probably heard the term “eat the rainbow” as a way to encourage eating all the colorful foods that are so full of vitamins and anti-oxidants. With this “recipe”, you can literally eat the rainbow.
I first made it for my younger son’s birthday party and we marveled at how there was more pizza leftover than fruit. Presented in a fun way, kids really will eat healthy foods. Before his last birthday, my older son asked for one, too. I was happy to oblige!
Here are some colorful ideas. Please comment with additional suggestions. Maybe your kids have a thought or two, especially in the blue and purple categories! Mini marshmallows make nice clouds, although for a totally healthy option, banana slices would work, too. Next up: a veggie rainbow! (Send pictures if you make one!)
R strawberries, red raspberries, watermelon
O oranges, cantaloupe, peaches, clementines, mango
Y bananas, pineapple, golden delicious apple slices
G green grapes, kiwi slices, honeydew melon
B blueberries, concord grapes
I blackberries, black grapes
V red grapes
On a large platter, assemble the fruit (chopped or sliced where necessary) from red to violet in the shape of a rainbow. A white platter works well. Mini marshmallows may be clustered at either end to serve as clouds.