I can think of some fun reasons to have a HEALTHY RED SNACK DAY KIDS BUFFET!!
But perhaps the most important reason to have a red snack buffet- Lycopene!
From WebMd: Many red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful, healthy antioxidants — such as lycopene and anthocyanins — that may do everything from fight heart disease and prostate cancer to decrease the risk for stroke and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people aged 60 and older). Antioxidants soak up damaging free radicals
So, we decided to make one of those little “muffin tin meals” that were so popular just a few years back. In our muffin tin buffet, we added (starting at the top left and moving across to the right)
- Red Apples
- Cherries (they were frozen)
- Dried Goji Berries
- Red Peppers
- Dried Cranberries
- Watermelon (not in season, so it was kind of gross)
- Pomegranate seeds
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Red grapes
- and strawberries! (also not in season but they tasted great!)
I left the muffin tin out on the kitchen table on Saturday, where kids were coming and going. Each time someone passed by, they chose something from the muffin tin! I watched with great satisfaction as every single thing got eaten- Even the radishes! This would definitely be a fun snack if your family is watching the big game tonight!
So, of course, we encourage ‘Eating a Rainbow‘, but isn’t it fun to just focus on one color sometimes? Especially when that color has so many options- and the nutrients are so amazing?