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Eating by the Rainbow – A way to get a variety of vitamins, minerals and more!

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Submitted by Marilyn Gordon Ed.D., RD CSSD LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Eating by the colors of the rainbow are one way to ensure a wide variety of nutrients; vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals to keep ourselves in the best of health. Fresh produce from Florida provides us with the ability to do that. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Marketing-and-Development/Consumer-Resources/Buy-Fresh-From-Florida/Crops-in-Season provides PDF documents of seasonal produce in Florida for each month of the year. The month of May is full of color http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/16797/269938/05May.pdf. Let’s break this list down by color:

ttChoosing by color is an easy way to ensure diversity of nutrients in the diet. The next time you visit your grocery store or farmer’s market, make your selections from locally grown produce and choose by the colors of the rainbow.