Eating a rainbow

We’ve always been big on fruits and vegetables in our house. We’re lucky I think, because Max and Ava both love fruits AND veggies. Lia has been a little harder to get on board with the vegetables, but we’re working on that. I’ve been looking for something for awhile to help motivate the kids to eat even more fruits and vegetables. I had wanted to make them a magnet board over the summer to track how many fruits and vegetables they ate every day, but never got around to doing it.

Then I ran across (via Twitter!) a website called Today I Ate a Rainbow. They actually sell a magnet board that tracks your kids fruit and veggie consumption every day, but they go a step further! It encourages your kids to “eat a rainbow” every day. In other words, they should eat a fruit or veggie from each color (red, orange, yellow, green, and purple/blue). I bought one immediately!

I had to be patient for our rainbow kit to arrive since it was coming from Canada. It finally arrived a few days ago and the kids were SO excited to start using it. The very first day we tracked, all 3 kids ate a rainbow! Yesterday was our second day and I documented it. Max and Ava both ate their rainbows. Lia didn’t quite finish, but she’s doing good, so I’m happy about that. They are so excited about it that instead of asking for their snackpacks of peanut butter crackers and Clif Z bars when we went out to run errands, they wanted me to slice up apples and pack grapes and edamame.

I have to say, I was pretty amazed at the IMMEDIATE response from my kids. The website claims it will have your kids asking for more fruits and vegetables and that was definitely the case with my kiddos! I love this product so much, that I asked Kia (the owner) to give one to one of our readers.

If you would like the chance to win a Rainbow Kit, here’s what you need to do:

1. “Like” The Happy Family Movement on Facebook (if you haven’t already!)

2. “Like” Today I Ate a Rainbow on Facebook

3. Leave a comment below with your favorite tip/trick for getting your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables!

And now pictures!

Today I ate a rainbow kit
kids eating fruits and vegetables
kids using magnets to track fruits and vegetables eating a rainbow

Josh Solar (624 Posts)

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17 comments
chanson4287
chanson4287

Love this! My little one is still pretty little (7 months) but it would be great to start this habit now! E loves a lot of fruits and vegetables now, so I don't quite have any tricks up my sleeve... but loved to read everyone else's! Thank you!

RickiEllington
RickiEllington

When my 6 yr old was younger he used to eat all kinds of fruits and veggies. He ate broccoli at 3 and now won't touch it. Now I find myself having to do the Sneaky Chef method to get his veggies in. I would love to try this with him. He loves to hear about vitamins and minerals and what they do for the body. He is always reading the labels on food items.

happyfammvmt
happyfammvmt moderator

@RickiEllington we've started telling Lia that she turns invisible when she eats here peas. It's been working for about a week... we'll see how long it lasts! Good luck in the giveaway!

Rebecca
Rebecca

What works best for my extremely fussy 3yr daughter is telling her about what vegies her favourite characters love. Also, when she is around other kids her age, I find she copies and eats what they eat, even if it is a food "she doesn't like".

natalie
natalie

I like to do two things: either make the fruits and veggies in funny shapes like happy faces or cut out in stars, or my favorite more creative way is to present them in fun little bowls and dishes with dips and cut into different ways like sliver thin for fun. I am happy my kiddos are eating way better these days! This rainbow magnet set would be so great and used at our house ;)

Robyn Rasmussen
Robyn Rasmussen

Such a great way to get them eating fruits and veggies! I like to arrange the food into fun patterns to peak their interest. This chart would be great to have! I liked you and Today I ate the Rainbow on Facebook. :) My Facebook name is Robyn Nye-Rasmussen.

Amy
Amy

My son loves fruits and veggies, but when he was smaller (he's 4 now) one thing we did to get him more excited about eating veggies was calling brocoli "trees" He loved eating his mini trees, much more fun than brocoli!

Sarah
Sarah

I love this idea, haven't seen anything like it. As a nurse I used to work in nutrition counseling for diabetics and the food pyramids are so abstract and uninspiring for patients of any age. This is a great way to get the little ones engaged and excited about eating the right foods! Sarah @ made in usa challenge

Shan@FamilyBringsJoy
Shan@FamilyBringsJoy

Fantastically AWESOME idea! My favorite part of the post: all the photos of your adorable kids chomping on their fruits and the tomato juice...lol...can't stand that stuff myself! However, her cute tomato juice mustache makes me smile! :D Loving your site to pieces!!!

Jamie
Jamie

we sneak them in!! we hide sweat potaotes in pancakes (yummy).. you can't taste spinach so we put it in our smoothies and we have our own garden most of the year so we let the kids plant their food and then they are super excited to eat it!! Love this!!

Amy
Amy

Totally awesome! I'm going to get one for my 8 year old sister for Christmas! I don't think my 1 year old would get it.

Amelia
Amelia

We really try to just eat a lot of veggies and fruits and be good examples (easier said than done!) And we do lots of dips too!!! ;) GREAT post!!!

Kyle
Kyle

I always pride my family on how many fruits and veggies we eat. However, I am probably very guilty of not eating enough variety. An apple with lunch, another for snack. A clementine at breakfast, and another one at lunch. What a great way to track your variety intake! And with how much my little one loves dragons, unicorns, rainbows and anything else magical, I can only imagine the excited expression on her face when she finds out she could eat a rainbow. After all, you are what you eat!

Michelle
Michelle

I love Today I at a rainbow - Kia has a great thing going there. Your post is wonderful -So colorful and it is great to see your kids eating all of those yummy and healthful fruit and veggies. I think I need one of those charts!

Nemmie
Nemmie

That is super cool! We need to keep better track of the fruits/veggies eaten around here. I try to sneak in servings of veggies more than fruits, because Doots is a fruit monster (he'd eat nothing but fruit all day long if you let him). Whenever I make a meal I chop my veggies first, and chop extra. He usually is running around underfoot or at the very least coming into the kitchen to check things out regularly, and he then sneaks veggies from my prep bowls. For some reason that is 'fun' and gets the veggies in him before dinnertime. And if he doesn't 'sneak' much from me well then - whatever I'm making gets extra veggies in it. Also I add veggies to recipes - We grate carrots/onion/celery and use that for my marinara, or mix it in when when we make meatballs. I add lots of extras to casseroles. Not that I think the best approach is to hide-the-big-bad-veggies, but every little bit helps. Jessica Seinfeld has a book out that is supposed to have some great recipes for 'hiding' veggies...

Kelley WC
Kelley WC

Totally brilliant!! My kid is only 6 1/2 months but I think setting a good example by eating lots of fruits & veggies & preparing them in new & fun ways is the best way to encourage healthy eating. I offer Sully most anything reasonably healthy that I'm eating, and his favorite teething cure is gnawing on cold carrot sticks!

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