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How colour can help your fussy eater

Unicorn food or colourful, rainbow food is healthy

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How colour can help your fussy eater

The future is bright for healthy eaters.

The focus on food, nutrition and health has never been as strong as it is today.

Everywhere you turn there is an emphasis on healthy eating, food fads and fresh, local produce.

Add to that a recent study which concluded there are now 10 times more obese children and teens in the world than there were 40 years ago, and the skyrocketing interest and research into health, wellbeing and longevity is no surprise.

The research results, which were published in medical journal The Lancet, summarised a global analysis of 200 countries.

The numbers have grown in the past four decades, increasing from five million girls in 1975 to 50 million in 2016, and from six million boys to 74 million.

Closer to home, and one in four Australian children is overweight or obese, while more than 62 per cent of Australian adults tip the scales.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 52 per cent of adults are not sufficiently active.

Yet, small changes – such as losing as little as three kilograms – can have a major effect in reducing health-related effects, according to the AIHW.

The Impact of Overweight and Obesity as a Risk Factor for Chronic Conditions: Australian Burden of Disease Study shows that overweight people can benefit by dropping just one body mass index point.

The key is regular exercise and healthy diets, according to the experts.

But getting the kids (and sometimes the big kids) to adopt healthy eating habits can be a challenge.

Sometimes fussy eaters may simply need some inspiration and excitement on their plates.

With 2017 unofficially declared the year of the unicorn, food inspo is aplenty.

All you have to do is take a look at Instagram or Facebook to see that the colourful food trend is taking over the world.

Here are our favourite colour combos to help you entice your family to dig in to nutritious, natural meals.

1. Colourful noodles
Who says everyday vegetables are boring? Turn orange and purple sweet potatoes into bowls of fun. If you prefer rice noodles, colour them naturally by cooking with red cabbage and a squeeze of lemon juice. The finished product will be a pink and purple noodle creation. Add your favourite meat, vegetables and some bone broth or stock for a nutritious and hearty meal.

2. Smoothie bowls
Not only do these bowls look pretty, but they are packed with plenty of nutritional punch. Obtain the blue colour by adding blue matcha or blue spirulina to your regular smoothie blend. Add a touch of lemon juice to turn the blue into a cool pink or purple colour. Our favourite smoothie ingredients include banana, mango, berries and coconut water.

3. Greenie cool
Matcha is a natural source of antioxidants and has numerous health benefits, including the ability to boost metabolism. We love these green tea matcha, mint and coconut milk iceblocks. Add a sprinkle of chia for a crunch. Be sure to check with your doctor or nutritionist before serving young children green tea products.

4. Sushi donut
Perhaps one of the most creative, and most popular to boot, are these sushi donuts. Layer rice, ginger, cucumber, chives, nori and carrot on an avocado base.

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Candice's passion for journalism led her to the Sunshine Coast 12 years ago where she has worked across multiple media and communication platforms. An avid traveller (she lists Paris, Venice and Vietnam as her faves), this mum of one loves meeting with people from all walks of life and finds inspiration within their stories. Candice joined the team in 2014 and is MWP's editor.

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