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23 Jul 2013

Eat-A-Rainbow Party!!!

posted by: Kia

It’s such a treat to have this guest blog post by one of our favorite Rainbow Eating families! We were thrilled to hear about their Eat A Rainbow Party and asked if they would share their ideas with you so that you can host an Eat A Rainbow Party with your kids! Thanks Beth and Ellie…you two are Rainbow Rockstars!!!

I tell people about Today I Ate a Rainbow any chance I get. I’ve told my daughter Ellie’s doctor and dentist, and all of our friends about how much she enjoys Hannah’s videos, her Rainbow Chart and the whole idea behind eating a rainbow – even if it doesn’t always actually happen.

Recently, my friend Angel purchased a Rainbow Kit for her daughters Lily, 5 1/2, and Olivia, 3 1/2, and they love it, too. Both of our families also just joined our local CSA, and are learning about some new fruits and veggies this summer, as new and unfamiliar things come home from the farm each week.

Angel shows off Beth's carrot "flowers"

Angel shows off Beth’s carrot “flowers”

Last month, Angel and I co-hosted an “Eat-A-Rainbow” party for some of the kids in our MOMS Club. To be honest, I was a little nervous about that no one would want to come, or that the moms might think it was a great idea, but the kids would turn up their noses, but it was actually a huge success. 

Eight moms and eleven kids attended, ranging in age from nine years to three weeks; most were preschoolers.

We started by talking to the kids a bit about why we need to eat a rainbow, and I read The Rainbow Bunch. I showed them a bunch of Ellie’s toy fruits and veggies, and they sorted them by color.

Beth Reading The Rainbow Bunch

Beth reads The Rainbow Bunch

Using the free downloads on the Today I Ate a Rainbow website, we printed packets for each kid to take home, with fruit and veggie coloring pages, a “Today I Tried” chart, and a Rainbow Passport. We used Ellie’s dot markers for the kids to “stamp” their passports as they taste-tested a rainbow of fruits and veggies.

We tested red apples and bell peppers, orange clementines and carrots, yellow pineapple and squash, green kiwi and broccoli and purple grapes and black olives. While I was reading, Angel served up the kids’ plates with a sample of each one. I showed the kids a whole fruit or vegetable to identify and then had them find their bite and give it a try. Most of the kids liked most of the things that they tried, and several of them went back for more of at least some of them.

Anna Katherine with fruits and veggies

Anna Katherine, 5, shows off some produce

After the taste test, we all worked together to make a Double Rainbow Smoothie, using red strawberries and watermelon, orange cantaloupe and clementine, yellow pineapple and banana, green grapes and honeydew (We usually use spinach, but I didn’t want to freak them out.), blueberries and purple grapes.For the liquid, we used coconut water (Thanks for turning us on to that, Kia!) and pomegranate juice.

Piper, 22 mons  and mom Hannah help Beth make a smoothie

Piper, 22 mons, and mom Hannah help Beth make a smoothie

I use all frozen fruit in my smoothies,  (Bought fresh and then frozen, not from the freezer section!) so that I don’t have to dilute the flavor by adding ice, and I prefer to make them dairy-free, so I don’t have to worry about how long Ellie might have left a glass sitting around.

I let the kids take turns adding fruits to the blender, and pushing buttons, and then we each had a taste. It was immediately obvious that I was going to be making a second batch because everyone wanted more than that little bit!

Our second batch was strawberry-free, to accommodate a kid with an allergy, and then I actually ended up making a third batch with the strawberries, but minus a couple of things we’d run out of, so we got to sample a variety of “recipes,” all of which got rave reviews.

We finished up by having Ellie, Lily and Olivia teach everyone the Today I Ate a Rainbow song.

Ellie and Liam enjoying a Rainbow Smoothie

Ellie, 4, and Liam, 23 mos, enjoy smoothie time

All the kids (and moms) seemed to really enjoy it, I think most of the kids tried at least one new fruit or vegetable, and they all learned a bit about why we need them in our diet.

A couple of days later, one of the moms emailed to say that her son Avery liked the smoothie so much, he kept asking her to buy a blender!

Avery fills Rainbow Food Passport

Avery, 9, has filled his Rainbow Passport

Beth Shupp-George is a stay-at-home mom who is trying to make some healthy changes for herself and her family, after 40-plus years of veggie-aversion and sugar addiction. Beth lives in Pennsylvania with her wife Kristi and their four-and-a-half year old daughter, Ellie, who thinks Hannah is the coolest. MOMS Club is an international support group for at-home moms.  

is a mom and the creator of the Today I Ate A Rainbow kit; a tool that helps parents establish healthy habits by setting the goal of eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day. Kia is passionate about creating tools that help parents raise healthy kids!

 

One Response to “Eat-A-Rainbow Party!!!”

  1. What’s up, just wanted to say, I liked this article.
    It was practical. Keep on posting!

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