Eat Like A Rainbow

Eat Like A Rainbow

 Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
BandWorldChildren's Music

"Jay Mankita jumps up and down with a big grin on his face, playing incredible guitar, getting everyone laughing. Moments later, he's doing a dead serious song, with no accompaniment. Come hear this guy...I think he's one of the half dozen best songwriters today." - quoted from Pete Seeger

Biography

Jay Mankita is the writer and presenter of 'Eat Like A Rainbow'. He has recorded 6 albums, and presented concerts in over 1000 schools, libraries, and other venues for children and adults throughout the Northeast over the past 30 years.

Eat Like A Rainbow is a rocking, funky, danceable collection of quirky kids songs about healthy food and sustainable living. These songs promote fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and seeds - plant based foods from our farms and gardens.

During the concert, the lyrics are projected large on the screen, along with pictures on colorful slides. This encourages children to read and sing along, increasing participation, comprehension, and retention of the wellness values presented in the show.

CDs are sent before the show, so kids can learn the songs. We also send teacherÂ’s guides and resource sheets, as well as posters and press releases for publicity.

The Eat Like A Rainbow CD is a Parents' Choice Approved Award Winner. The title song, 'Eat Like A Rainbow' is also the first track on Putumayo World Music's international compilation, 'Picnic Playground'. The song 'Junk Food Man' is now featured on a Grammy nominated recording, 'Healthy Food For Thought'.

These songs were originally commissioned by the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food (NYCHSF), who asked Jay to write these songs and perform them for a pilot project in New York City Schools in conjunction with the NYC Board of Education, Department of School Foods. After 20 successful programs in NYC urban schools, the project was expanded to include the entire Northeast.

A healthy portion of the proceeds from the sale of these albums directly supports NYCHSF and their work to bring healthy food to our schools.

Lyrics

Eat Like A Rainbow

Written By: Jay Mankita

I like to eat like a rainbow
Builds my body and it makes my brain grow
Helps my heart beat and my blood flow
I like to eat like a rainbow

Red, orange, yellow, green,
The tastiest colors I’ve ever seen
I like to eat food that’s purple and blue
‘Cause colorful foods are healthier too

Colorful food makes a colorful meal
And that really colors the way that I feel
I’m livin’ in a colorful way
So I eat like a rainbow every day

Colorful sunsets, and colorful jokes
Colorful flowers and colorful folks
Colorful shirts and colorful pants
I eat from the rainbow of colorful plants

Try New Foods

Written By: Jay Mankita

Try new foods you haven’t tried before
They’ll wake up your tastebuds, open up the door
To a whole lot of flavor, so do yourself a favor
And try new foods

So many things I just don’t know
I try new foods wherever I go
(make new friends, think new thoughts, sing new songs)
I’m livin’ my life in a different way
So I try new foods every day

Make new friends that you haven’t made before
They’ll wake up your heart, and open up the door
To a whole lot of fun, once you’ve begun
To make new friends

Think new thoughts that you haven’t thought before
They’ll wake up your mind and open up the door
To a whole lot of wonder, over and under
When you think new thoughts

Sing new songs that you haven’t sung before
They’ll wake up your voice and open up the door
To a whole lot of music, once you choose it and
Sing new songs

Everybody Likes Fruits & Vegetables

Written By: Jay Mankita

Everybody likes fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables fresh and true
Everybody likes fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are good for you

Somebody likes carrots
Somebody likes broccoli
Somebody likes brussel sprouts
Somebody likes watermelon

Somebody likes oranges
Somebody likes apples
Somebody likes guava
Somebody likes blueberries

Somebody likes tomatoes
Somebody likes sweet potatoes
Somebody likes avocados
Somebody likes bananas

Somebody likes black beans
Somebody likes collard greens
Somebody likes celery
Somebody likes plantains

Somebody likes grapefruit
Somebody likes spinach
Somebody likes tangerines
Somebody likes artichokes

Sun, Wind, Soil, and Rain

Written By: Jay Mankita

Sun and wind and soil and rain
make fruits and veggies, seeds and grains
Fruits and veggies, seeds and grains
Come around, and around again

Fruits and veggies, seeds and grains
Make happy people who are links in the chain
Happy people who are links in the chain
Come around, and around again

The circle of life, is a beautiful one
Around the earth, as we circle the sun
It circles around and then
Comes around again

Happy people who are links in the chain
Work together help the Earth sustain
Work together help the Earth sustain
Come around, and around again

Work together help the Earth sustain
bring sun and wind and soil and rain
Sun and wind and soil and rain
Come around, and around again

The circle of life, is a beautiful one
Around the earth, as we circle the sun
It circles around and then
Comes around again

Sun and wind and soil and rain
make fruits and veggies, seeds and grains
Fruits and veggies, seeds and grains
Come around, and around again
Come around, and around again

Junk Food Man

Written By: Jay Mankita

Who’s makin’ money tellin’ children lies?
About happy clowns eatin’ burgers and fries
Puts the fast food in the children’s hand
“Its good for you”, says the junk food man.
Don’t believe the junk food man

They put 10 or 12 teaspoons of sugar in a can
That’s the junk food company planHe puts the can of soda
in the childrens’ hand
“Its good for you”, says the junk food man
Don’t believe the junk food man

The junk food man is gonna hook you in
He’ll play you kid, just like a violin
And just like drugs or cigarettes,
he makes more money the more kids he gets

The junk food man he gets his pay
To tell you lies - lead you astray
Puts the candy in the children’s hand
“Its good for you”, says the junk food man
Don’t believe the junk food man

Junk food man, junk food man,
He’ll try to get you if he can…
Junk food man, junk food man,
Don’t believe the junk food man

You spend your money to pay his due
But he’s got no respect for you
Puts the fake food in the childrens’ hand
“Its good for you”, says the junk food man.
Don’t believe the junk food man

The junk food man is gonna hook you in -
He’ll play you kid,
Just like a violin
And just like drugs or cigarettes -
He makes more money - the more kids he gets

Who’s makin’ money tellin’ children lies?
About happy clowns eatin’ burgers and fries
Puts the children in the company’s hand
“Its good for you” says the junk food man
Don’t believe the junk food man

Hey, you want this toy? It’s the real McCoy
You’ll just have to eat more junk food, boy
Got your playground here – and your action gear
Watch your money disappear
More shakes and pies, more burgers and fries
Eat that junk food, swallow those lies

Plants Dance

Written By: Jay Mankita

I eat tofu, tomatoes, and tangerines
Pasta, potatoes, and pinto beans
Apples and oranges, onions and oats
Garlic and grapefruit, and green beans and groats
I’m takin’ a chance, and doing a little dance
About healthy foods that come from plants

I drink peppermint tea for passing the time
Lettuce and lentils and lemon and lime
Parsley and pineapples, peppers, and peas
Roots from the ground, and fruits from the trees
I’m takin’ a chance, and doing a little dance
About healthy foods that come from plants

I eat basil and beets, and broccoli is nice
Watermelon, wasabi, and wild rice
Cabbage and cauliflower, carrots and kale
Blueberries and strawberries filling my pail
I’m takin’ a chance, and doing a little dance
About healthy foods that come from plants

I eat spinach and salad and soup and seaweed
My whole grain cereals help me succeed
Sauerkraut, snow peas and sunflower seeds
Healthy foods are all that I need
I’m takin’ a chance, and doing a little dance
About healthy foods that come from plants

Chopsticks

Written By: Jay Mankita

I never thought chopsticks were easy to use
When I used ‘em my noodles fell onto my shoes
And the floor was soon covered with noodles and pineapples
Mushrooms and stringbeans and rice

I learned to play this song on piano
I must have been about five or six
It’s pretty short and very famous
This composition is called chopsticks

This song on the piano requires two hands
But you only use one when you write with a pen
This utensil’s like having two pencils in one hand
Like writing this song and then writing it again

Now maybe I’m just making excuses
Or maybe I need a better brand
And yes, it’s true; there are some people
Who play the piano with just one hand

Now noodles and pineapples, mushrooms and rice,
And stringbeans are some foods that I think are nice
But there’s food in my hair and without silverware
I feel like my meal has been eaten up twice

It would be good to learn the secret
and eat with chopsticks by and by
So fill my plate and pass the chopsticks
And maybe I’ll give ‘em one more try

New Food Attitude

Written By: Jay Mankita

When I was just a tiny little pup
Back in the day when I was growing up
I learned how to do a whole lot of stuff
Learning new things, I just couldn’t get enough
How to tie my shoes, and button my shirt
How to cross the street so I wouldn't get hurt
I didn't know nothin' about healthy food
But now healthy food is my new attitude

We're singing this song ‘cause we want to be strong
Happy yay, when we work and play
Healthy, natural, foods all day

I always pigged out on TV dinners,
Then I went on a diet trying to get thinner
I ate 10 portions, like there were 10 of me
Now I wouldn’t do that to my worst enemy
Greasy junk food, sugary stuff
Stuffing my face like I couldn’t get enough
I didn't know nothin' about healthy food
But now healthy food is my new attitude

I ate cake for breakfast, ice cream for soup
Chocolate by itself was it’s own food group.
Brushed my teeth with soda, and flossed with candy.
I ate whatever junk food was handy
No oats or brown rice or whole grain bread
No fruits or veggies, I ate sugar instead.
I didn't know nothin' about healthy food
But now healthy food is my new attitude

So now, here I am, I'm a grown-up man
I eat healthy food whenever I can
Tastes better than eating all of that junk
And I’m fast as a chipmunk, strong as a tree trunk
I’m all grown up and now I’m takin’ my turn
I’m going to sing about everything I learn
I didn't know nothin' about healthy food
But now healthy food is my new attitude

Strong Bones

Written By: Jay Mankita

Got bones in my fingers, bones in my toes
Bones in my head, well, everybody knows
Bones in my hands, bones in my feet
Keeping' 'em healthy with the food I eat

Give me strong bones, give me healthy bones
Not sticks and stones, but healthy bones….
Give me strong bones, give me healthy bones
Not sticks and stones, but healthy, flexible skeleton bones

Skeleton bones like to run and play
They don't much like sittin’ around all day
Exercisin' in the light of the sun
Skeleton bones gonna have some fun

They can’t help themselves; its not their fault
But skeletons don’t like too much salt
Too much soda or junky food,
Puts your skeleton bones in a frightening mood

Exercise when I work and play
The bones in my skeleton like it that way
They like to run and jump and stretch and move
My skeleton bones like to dance to the groove

Calcium helps your skeleton grow
Milk’s not the only place to get it though
Calcium that your skeleton needs
Is in rutabaga, raisins, and sesame seeds

In Broccoli, Bok Choy, Black turtle beans
Butternut Squash and Mustard greens
Fruits and veggies, seeds, beans, and grains
Have Calcium for bones and brains

My Food Is Made From Sunshine

Written By: Jay Mankita

The sun shines down without a sound
Feeds the plants growing on the ground
Helps them grow in every way
My food is made from sunshine

I got energy to work and play
Helps me feel good every day
Sleep better at night when I hit the hay
My food is made from sunshine

The sun shines down upon my fruits, and veggies, grains, and beans
Fills my life with sunshine through my berries, seeds, and greens
The colors in my food seem brighter every time I dine
When I remember that my food is made from sunshine

Vitamin’s, minerals, every day
A little bit goes a long, long way
Phyto-nutrients on my tray
My food is made from sunshine

Healthy, flexible, skin and bone
Strong, athletic, muscle tone
A happy heart and an open mind
My food is made from sunshine

Discography

Eat Like A Rainbow
Putumayo Kids' Picnic Playground (first track)
From A Dog's Stance
Morning Face
The AMazing Time Travel Show
The Day The Library Went Wild

Set List

The set of songs includes all 10 songs on the album, but can be lengthened or shortened based on time requirements at the venue. A show typically lasts 55 minutes but can be as short or as long as you like. All the songs are participatory.