Teaching kids healthy habits remains one of the harder things for parents to do. So let’s make it more fun with these colorful eat a rainbow worksheets. You can teach your child about how and why to make healthy food choices, by using the colors of the rainbow to guide them.
Check out more worksheets like this in my list of Health Worksheets for Kids.
Since we all know we need to eat our fruits and vegetables, making it a game to choose one from each color will encourage kids to enjoy their food and stay healthy too!
No one fruit or vegetable has all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to stay healthy. By eating a range of colorful fruits and veggies, kids (and parents) can get all the chronic-disease-busting, energy-producing, delicious nutrients we need.
And since we really do need to eat more of them than most of us actually eat, using the rainbow as a guide will help make sure our kids, and ourselves, get enough.
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Why do we need to eat our veggies? Grab one of these books to explore exactly which foods we need to eat, why and how to cook them so they are not just nutritious but delicious too.
And what better way to get kids eating better than to involve them in the making of the food? Bonus: once they learn to cook, you no longer have to make dinner every night!
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These eat a rainbow worksheets include fact sheets, guides and trackers to help you complete the rainbow every day. Use the grocery list and daily trackers to help your kids brainstorm and choose their fruits and vegetable servings. The more you involve them, the more likely they’ll be excited about eating healthy.
Teaching kids about healthy food and habits? I have fun activities, printables, and more, on this list of Health and Hygiene for Kids.
You can also use these eat a rainbow worksheets to trigger conversations on food groups too. Fruits and vegetables are just one of the food groups, with grains, protein and dairy being the others. This worksheet pack is a part of a great study on nutrition!
Make sure to check out my list of Healthy Body Activities for Preschoolers to get more ideas on what activities are perfect when teaching kids about living a healthy lifestyle.
Eating a rainbow means eating a fruit or vegetable from each of the main colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, and purple. Since there aren’t a lot of true blue foods, we tend to include the “blue” foods with the purple ones, and add in white vegetables too!
Each separate color of fruits and vegetables offers a different nutritional benefit, which is why eating from all of them will give you a complete spectrum of healthy eating.
For example, red fruits and vegetables include vegetables like red peppers, tomatoes, and red cabbage, and fruits like red grapes, pomegranates and watermelon. Red foods are good for the heart, full of things like lycopene and hesperidins. They help lower blood pressure and cholesterols. And the vitamins E and A are also found in red foods, which are good for fighting diseases like the common cold!
You know that one of the best ways to help your kids eat their veggies is to eat them yourself! Model what you want your kids to do, because more is caught than taught. The more we treat eating fruits and vegetables as normal and expected, the more our kids will follow us, and the less fuss and fight we’ll have.
So if you aren’t a huge fan yourself, use these fun eat a rainbow worksheets to get yourself excited about eating your fruits and vegetables, as well as the kids. And when you use a rainbow of foods, you aren’t stuck with the same old boring ones.
Now you can branch out and try a few exotic fruits, like passionfruit, mango or kiwi, and maybe some of the really odd vegetables, like fiddleheads, lotus root or dragon carrots (which are purple!!)
Start your kids on the road to healthy eating with these eat a rainbow worksheets. Get them excited about trying new foods as you challenge them to eat a rainbow every day. And add a little color to your own diet too!
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