Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Positive Pick: Encouraging Healthy Eating

The Today I Ate a Rainbow Chart

Our family has been using the Today I Ate a Rainbow Chart and we are loving it! The Rainbow Kit comes with a chart like the one pictured above, 4 sets of colored magnets, 4 Today I Ate A Rainbow magnets, a notepad for shopping lists,  and a Rainbow Bunch book.

The great thing about the Rainbow Chart is that it really does encourage you and your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. Each time your child eats a fruit or vegetable of a certain color, they get to put a colored magnet on the chart. At the end of the day, everyone who ate all five colors gets to put a Rainbow magnet on the chart. When we use the chart, we always end up eating more fruits and veggies because we notice that we haven’t gotten all of our colors in, which prompts us to add healthy side dishes or snacks to help us meet our goal.

We also found that having the foods broken into different colors helped us think of new fruits and vegetables to try. For example, we noticed that we don’t tend to eat a lot of the purple foods, but eat a lot of the red ones. Since we wanted to get all of the colors on our chart, we started brainstorming about dishes that would allow us to try some new healthy foods. That helps all of us to be more adventurous in trying new foods and to work on sampling things we might have thought we didn’t like. As I was making lunch with my 7-year-old daughter, she said, “Hey, we need one more color in our lunch so we can eat a rainbow by dinner time!” Kids asking for more healthy foods? Now that’s what I like to hear!

The Rainbow Pack is a great way to help your family eat healthier in a fun way. Kids really respond to the positive reinforcement of the magnets, and having the chart visible makes it seem like a game to keep track of the healthy foods that they’re eating. It also makes them less likely to eat junk food, because then they don’t get to put a magnet on the chart. The Rainbow Bunch book is cute and gives you a simple, interactive way to start conversations about healthy eating with your kids.

If you’re looking for ways to encourage your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, you will love the Rainbow Pack. Check it out at Today I Ate a Rainbow.

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