Disclaimer: I was given a free Rainbow kit for agreeing to write a review. The thoughts and opinions above are my own.
Who doesn’t want their kid to eat more fruits and veggies? Yes, even this dietitian’s 4 year-old daughter could use a boost in her produce intake.
Enter the “Today I Ate A Rainbow”™ kit.
Using a very simple concept, Kia Robertson (inspired by her daughter Hannah) has created a magnet board which kids can track the different colors they eat each day. Does it work?
I wasn’t sure if Mia would get it right away but she was motivated right from the start. Since we have a stainless steel fridge, I first stuck the board to a cookie sheet (later transferring it to our kitchen radiator cover.) Some mornings even before school, Mia asks, “Can I get a red magnet?” “Now I need a green magnet!” and she’ll keep going until she gets all five colors (and this is before 9 a.m.)
I also found the board to be a great tracker for me on what she has (or hasn’t) eaten for the day – as well as a reminder for me to get a few more colors into my daily intake.
One of Mia’s favorite snacks is a simple smoothie that I make with equal parts yogurt, milk and frozen mango. The Rainbow Board got me thinking of different color combos that include both fruits and veggies, thus the sampler idea. My favorite smoothie tip – use frozen fruit or veggies when possible to add thickness and a chill.Print
Rainbow Smoothie Sampler
- 1/2 cup frozen fruit (see suggestions below)
- 1/2 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup lowfat 1% milk
- Raspberries, strawberries, beets
- Oranges, cantaloupe, peaches, carrots
- Bananas, mangoes, pineapples
- Kiwifruit, avocado, spinach
- Dark cherries, grapes, blueberries, blackberries
- In a blender, puree fruit, yogurt and milk until thoroughly blended. Add a little more milk if too thick.