Kids can be picky when it comes to the foods they eat. Even my daughter who has been exposed to a variety of healthy options far beyond what most kids would be exposed to due to my allergies, has a picky side to her. And if you add in the stubborn attitude, well getting all of the healthy foods your child needs can become a daily battle. The all important goal of getting people to eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day – really starts with your children. Many kids, however, only want to eat macaroni and cheese, or chicken nuggets and french fries. So how do you change the diet of a five year old, or a ten year old?
I found a really great tool that we have purchased from a wonderful family operated company called Today I Eat A Rainbow. For younger kids the game aspect of the tool is going to keep them interested. And for older kids you can make it incentive based using a more appropriate reward system to get them to actively participate in being healthier. One of the best things is the color coded shopping list – so that you can make sure you have all of the colors and varieties that your child will eat to make the rainbow connection.
Kia Robertson created the Today I Ate A Rainbow!™ chart to keep track of the produce that her daughter was eating as she and her husband found that sometimes when life got really busy they didn’t always live up to their expectations of ensuring she was eating her fruits and veggies! And they also wanted her to participate and take responsibility for her food choices in a fun and interactive way. This is such a great tool, and it’s so affordable that I think there really should be a Rainbow Kit in every home. Go check it out at http://www.todayiatearainbow.com.