Colourful Eating Tips for Kids… and you!
Is it a struggle for your little ones to each vegetables? How about fruit? What about you: are you eating a variety of fruits and vegetables?
In our household, one boy will eat vegetables but not fruit, and the other enjoys fruit but not vegetables. I find I’m constantly making three different meals – one for me and my husband, then something different for each kid.
But no more! I came up with a solution and now it’s one meal for all. Here’s my strategy to get my kids (and us too) eating healthfully, and IT’S WORKING!
MAKE IT A GAME
Here’s how it works: at each meal, include a variety of foods to challenge kids to eat as many different colours as possible. Make it a game, or even a competition. The most colours wins!
There are some rules:
COLOURS DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Any sweets or sugar
- Fried foods
- Processed foods
COLOURS MAY INCLUDE:
- Whole grains
- Protein source(s)
AT THE TABLE AND IN PACKED LUNCHES
At the dinner table, we take the time to see how many colours each of us has on our plates, and who eats as much of each colour as possible. You can introduce the same challenge for breakfast. I’ve even included a colour checklist in their packed lunch bags.
AT THE GROCERY STORE
If you are lugging the kiddos with you to the grocery store, give them a colour checklist to pick up one fruit or vegetable matching each colour of the rainbow, plus one more that is the colour of their choice. It’s intriguing to see what they come back with! You’ll learn that you too have shopping habits and that there are many foods that you don’t normally buy. Commit to trying whatever weird and wonderful items the kids collect and get online to learn how “the new stuff” needs to be prepared!
Feel free to keep score, or do just play for fun. And enjoy your new colourful eating plan.
Thanks for reading!
Co-Owner, General Manager and Head Coach, FirePower Kids
CrossFit L2 Trainer
Mother of two boys
Wife of one husband
Mompreneur Nominee 2015 & 2016
*Disclaimer: I am not a dietician or nutritionist, nor am I an expert at eating healthy. I just experiment with food to better understand my body and to experiment with what works for me and my family… and what doesn’t!