our family has made it a big goal this spring to eat lots of color (as in as much fruits and vegetables as possible)! and so far, we’ve been hitting it out of the park (most days!) josh often jokes that zac effron shouldn’t be the only one who gets to look and feel 17 again (have you seen that movie? should we even be proud to admit we have?)
we can’t cut out our love for ice cream or french fries or donuts entirely, so we’re just working on better balance. i think one of the reasons it’s easier for us these days than before is that we’re doing it together, and we’re making a point to teach our kids about their eating options and choices as we go. we’ll eat meals purely of vegetables and fruit, and we’ll juice and make smoothies each week, too. i’ll still bring lollipops with me when i’m with the kids (they are like magic for a desperate mama at times) , but we always have fresh cut up red or orange or yellow peppers on us. or carrots and full tomatoes (my kids love to eat them like apples!) and even raw broccoli. and we will eat all of it. it’s amazing. this week we tried “eating the rainbow” at home by getting a fruit or vegetable for every color of the rainbow. it was a lot of fun!
our long time sponsor, sweetgreen, is working hard to change our food culture too. they have a program called sweetgreen in schools, made possible in collaboration with Food Corps. sweetgreen and FoodCorps are working together to connect kids to real food, focusing on educating the younger generation about plant-based food and sustainability. while sweetgreen actually has a full blown curriculum for elementary age kids, we thought it’d be fun to create something for all the littles out there around eleanor and samson’s age, so they can learn about “eating the rainbow” too.
we made this fun little coloring page with the help of our friend, jenna robert, for you. (if you’d like to click to enlarge and save to your computer, you can print it off for your little ones.) while we’ve been eating all sorts of colorful fruits and veggies, we’ve been learning what each one does for our health and our body. and it’s incredible how much information eleanor retains when it comes to these sorts of things. (i’m not so sure about samson so much yet. he knows carrots help his eyes because he’ll point to them while eating a carrot and say “eyes!”, but that is pretty much it so far.)
also, these infographics to encourage healthy eating in adults are pretty incredible, too.
this post is in partnership with one of our favorites, sweetgreen. thanks for reading!