Oranges are not the only ORANGE thing your kids need to eat for health

Hi, my name is Anna with Tiny Chefs. Today we are working our way through the rainbow and we are going to discuss our orange fruits and our orange vegetables.

I have a few laid out here and these fruits and vegetables can be purchased at a grocery store or a farmers’ market, or if you have a green thumb, you can grow the right in your own backyard. The benefits of growing your own fruits and vegetables in your own backyard is that your kids can, and you can enjoy going right outside and picking them yourselves. You can be more exploratory with what you are going and make with your foods, because you’ve got things right at your own disposal, you don’t have to go to a grocery store or go out to get it.

If you are growing carrots, you know that they are going to be grown in the ground and they’re going to come out looking like this. Now this carrot, before you use it, you’re going to want to peel it. Some grocery stores put the carrot into baby carrots, where they peel them and they cut them just for ease and convenience. These are a wonderful snack that I have daily and I put inside my hummus or I dip with my hummus. You can make all kinds of dips. You can put it in your salads. Really good. My children actually like this vegetable if I steam it up. Well, at least one of my girls likes this vegetable if I steam it up. Steamed carrots. Then the benefits of carrots are beta carotene and vitamin A. Again, eat it steamed, or eat it raw, or eat it sauteed, however you like to do it. It has a natural sweetness. If you’re going to make a marinara sauce, this is a great way. Instead of putting in a little sugar, you can put in a carrot. You could use it in baked goods like carrot cake or carrot muffins.

Next is our orange bell pepper. One of my favorite vegetables are the bell pepper family. This is the orange one, and I use it a lot in stir-fries. I use it a lot in omelettes. You can just have it raw with dips. So delicious and so good for you. Vitamin C, B6, it has folate and beta carotene.

The next two are fruits and we’ve got our orange. Oranges come in all different types of oranges, navel oranges and the little ones. Geez, I’m drawing a blank on the little cuties. I don’t have a little cutie here, but sometimes they have those. Mandarin oranges. This orange has vitamin C in it, B1, and folate. Obviously you can make a juice out of it. You get a juicer and just have it straight, no added sugar, no added anything. My girls actually make orange juice. It’s one of their most exciting things that they do with oranges. You can cut it up and put it into a little fruit salad or just have it as this.

This is a nectarine. Looks a lot like a peach, but it has a smoother skin. It has a pit inside, grows from a tree. Many times I’ve used a nectarine and/or a peach to make a nice cobbler, or a nice pie, or a nice fruit salad. Peaches are known for their folate and their iron. They have vitamins A, C, E, and K.

Here are some orange vegetables and fruits that you can introduce into your family’s diet. If you already are using them, and I gave you a new idea for some way to use them, that’s awesome, too. Enjoy.