We have tried everything to get her to eat more fruits. She will eat apples every once in awhile, and oranges too, but she would rather have a stick of broccoli, a pea pod, and a green pepper.
I love that I don't have to fight her to eat her vegetables, but I love buying and eating fruit, and I hate that it always went bad because she wouldn't eat it.
Enter Today I Ate A Rainbow!
They sent me The Rainbow Kit, and I instantly fell in love. My daughter helped me open it, and was so excited to try it out.
She helped me make a list on the grocery list paper of which fruits and vegetables from each color that she wanted to eat that week. I loved that they have the colors separated so it matches the rainbow board. It made it so much easier for her to help me make the list that she wanted.
Once we made the list, we put the Today I Ate A Rainbow chart on the fridge with all the magnets that came with it. She could not wait to try it out!
(My daughter still hates clothes at almost 4 years old, but I tried to keep her love of nudity a little subdued for the pictures haha)
The chart has five columns, each with a different color. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue. Within each color are fruits and vegetables that are that color so they know which group they belong to. A child is supposed to have five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and this chart makes it so easy to find out if they have had their five. One fruit or vegetable from each column, and once they have had their serving, you place a magnet with the corresponding color on the column. My daughter loved the stars, so that is what she chose when she had had a full serving of that color's vegetables.
Her favorite part of all of this was that she was more in charge of what she was able to eat. She would pick a color from the chart, I would give her a choice between the fruits and vegetables she had chosen in that group, and she would get to choose what she wanted. I have never seen her so happy to eat!
At the end of the day, when she had her last serving of fruits or vegetables, she felt so proud when she placed the rainbow sticker on her rainbow proving that she had eaten all of her fruits and vegetables.
I honestly have never seen my daughter so happy to eat, and I truly think it was because she was a more active participant in her own diet.
I cannot wait to keep using this kit. My daughter had more energy during the week, was happier, and even took a nap one day. She wakes up every morning asking when she can pick her first color of the day.
And the best part, Today I Ate A Rainbow is sending one of these kits FREE to one of our lucky readers!!
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Today I Ate A Rainbow sent me a free sample to review, I received no other compensation for this post, and the views expressed are my own.