Here's Five Steps to Eating God's Rainbow!
Our preschool does an amazing job of encouraging the children to eat a variety of foods. They use the language - eating God's rainbow to make it kid friendly and it works like a charm. Peer pressure can be a marvelous thing. I am thrilled with the impact this little initiative has had in our house and how much more fun it is to pack lunches.
Start the Night Before: Packing lunches used to be a mundane chore for me. Now, it is something I really enjoy doing because it makes my kids happy especially Evie. Lunch prep begins while I am getting dinner ready because I am already cutting fruits and veggies. I add in the protein in the morning most of the time unless it is a quesadilla because it is fine overnight. Lunches are always two or three kinds of fruits to get lots of rainbow colors plus two or three types of veggies.
Conventional or Organic?: I only buy conventional produce with the exception of carrots and salad greens. Mostly, because we eat too much produce to justify the cost. I read this article yesterday which made me feel much better that we do not have to eat organic produce . . . released some mom guilt. Protein sources include sandwiches, chips/hummus, bagel with cream cheese, cheese/crackers, leftover pizza, pasta with Parmesan cheese, yogurt parfait and chicken nuggets.
|Bagel with veggie cream cheese, Simply Go-Gurt, bell peppers, carrots, kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries.|
|Hummus and Pretzel chips, apple sauce, snap peas, carrots, bell peppers, black berries, blueberries, strawberries|
|Quesadilla, kiwi, blackberries, strawberries, snap peas, sweet peas, carrots|
|Turkey and Cheese, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, snaps, bell peppers|
Pictures of this weeks Lunches: Evie is thrilled to take her lunch everyday! I took pictures of her lunch every morning this week so you can get an idea of what her lunches look like - much different than last year. No goldfish, crackers, granola bars etc. She eats plenty of those things just not at school because they are not part of God's rainbow. Evie is a rule follower just like her Mama and she would die before taking a chocolate chip granola bar to school. It cracks me up and makes me proud all at the same time. Henry gets what Evie gets most of the time but he still eats granola bars or Pirate Booty. He does not eat enough fruits and veggies to fill up yet. Henry needs protein and carbs!
How Eating God's Rainbow Works? After lunch, the teachers mark each color on the rainbows for each child - that's red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. We get a pass because indigo and blue count as the same color for this activity. Trust me, it's hard to find blue food! I've paid way too much for blueberries for my precious little rainbow maker.
When the rainbow is filled up, the children go to Ms. Katie's Treasure Box - this is BIG! She's the Music and Wellness teacher and these kids think she walks on water. The Giraffe class hides their desserts when she walks in the room. Not Evie since she does not have any desserts but the ones who do hide them because they want to please Ms. Katie so much. Ms. Katie is just one of those amazing teachers that really gets kids and kids get her.
CHOCOLATE: Don't worry - chocolate is still is a food group at our house! Oh and for the record breakfast and lunch are our two healthiest meals of the day - it does downhill after that!