There are many different ways to tell people to eat more fruits and vegetables. You might say eat a plant-based diet or eat more colorful foods or eat foods that grow. But with our new Make Your Salad a Rainbow poster, the picture says it all by showcasing the natural beauty and colors of fruits and vegetables.
This poster really takes nutrition education to the next level. Display it where people will see it every day, like in the cafeteria or in a busy hallway. The picture is so beautiful, the image is bound to stick in their minds, perhaps making them add more color to their plate without even thinking about it. Those who stop long enough to read the tip boxes will get a quick lesson on the nutrients associated with each color.
With 30 fruits and veggies pictured on Make Your Salad a Rainbow poster, it would be fun to have a contest to see who can name the most.
In a classroom setting, you can do this in groups or individually.
For health fairs, pass out index cards for people to write down the items they can identify, along with their name and contact information. (We have bookmarks, buttons, and wristbands to use as prizes.)
If the poster is displayed in a common area (like the cafeteria or hallway), make it a crowd-sourced activity. Use sticky notes or a dry erase board for people to write the fruits and veggies they see.
For a different twist, post a list of the fruits and veggies pictured and see who can find them on the poster.
The Plants: Many Beneficial Parts poster is a beautiful visual for plant-based eating. The message goes beyond “eat more fruits and vegetables” to bring a positive message about how there are so many colorful and abundant choices you have for fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds.
Use the poster to generate discussions like these:
The edible parts of vegetables are often wasted. You can eat the stems! And the leaves!
A cooking demo and taste test would be great for introducing many new plant foods listed on this poster. Items like salads or crudite platters require no cooking equipment while soups or smoothies provide a palatable way to introduce more plant foods to the picky eater.
Each part of the plant provides different nutrients, tastes, and textures. What’s an example of a tuber? A root? What nutrients do they provide? This will reinforce why eating a wide variety of plant foods is important. Use these tips from Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD.
Moving toward a plant-based eating pattern might mean venturing into unfamiliar territory. Start out by asking people to name each item on the poster. What are those fruits on the top right, below the tomatoes and apple? What kind of nuts are those on the top left? Which of these foods have you tried? Do you like them? Brainstorm different ways of preparing some of the foods pictured on the poster.
Remember when we had the 5 a day message? It was all about eating 5 fruits and vegetables per day. The message was eventually replaced with a 5 to 9 per day message. Then we evolved to make half your plate fruits and veggies.
No matter how you spin it, eating enough fruits and veggies is the way to go if you want to protect your health. This message is also very strong in the current 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
And now that May is here all of the wonderful seasonal summer fruits and vegetables are starting to appear in the store. To help folks realize that fruits and vegetables should be eaten around the clock we have a classic poster, 5 Ways to More Fruits and Veggies poster that we are featuring for just $9.99 each this month.
The message on this “fruit and vegetable clock” illustrates that you should be eating fruits and vegetables for every meal. Bananas for breakfast, salads for lunch and dinner, and fruits for desserts and snacks are just a few of the great ideas shown. All of the items selected are easy to find and serve. There is always a good time of day to serve fruits and veggies!
The $9.99 poster special has been very well received by our clients. It allows lower budget programs to spruce up their walls with positive health messages because shipping to the 48 states is free.