Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Healthy Eating

Do you have a picky eater?  So do I.  Here an idea to help your child make healthy food choices since my 5 year old is all about choices and I'm so done with candy.

Following the current food pyramid, I made my own out of paper. It shows all the food groups.  After finding out my daughter's suggested servings in each food group, I drew the appropriate number of lines to achieve in a day.  With a needle, thread some ribbon through buttons and through each end of the pyramid.  Tie loose ends on the back side.  

The plan: let your child move the button after eating a serving from a particular food group.  Then when they are hungry they can make a choice from a group that is lacking.  Even though I made a pyramid for each of my girls, this is mostly for my oldest who is beginning to understand that we eat to keep our bodies healthy.  I don't intend to use it forever, maybe a couple of weeks.  Hopefully we will recognize how to make better food choices.  I say we because its a good reminder for myself especially with the holidays coming.

MyPyramid.gov is a great resource for using the food pyramid. This is a good place to start your nutrition search.  For more healthy knowledge, read the book "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy."  It is an excellent, must-read for the nutritionally conscious! It can be found on Amazon for as low as $3.72.


Brooke said...

This would have been great when I covered The Food Guide Pyramid with my preschooler.

Theresa said...

I love this Dinah! My kids love tracking their progress- those buttons are perfect.