With more food choices available to us than ever before, how do we make conscious and healthy daily decisions about what we put into our bodies? And how do we teach kids to do the same?
My family was recently introduced to the An Apple a Day Children’s Nutrition Tracker, invented by the brother and sister team of Dave Caggias and Lisa Caggias- Johnson. They’ve brought their passion for health and nutrition together in this fun and interactive tool that encourages kids ages 2-13 to make smart food choices on their own.
There are windows under various categories (fruit, vegetables, grains, treats, exercise, etc). As your children eat a serving under each category, they get to close a window. The goal is to close all of the windows by the end of the day, starting over the next day.
It’s been music to my ears to hear my kids rattle off what they should be eating and my older two have even started to make their own school lunches!
When my 3-year-old still had 2 vegetable windows open after dinner one night, my 8-year-old yelled, “Let’s give her 12 baby carrots!!” They memorized that 6 baby carrots is a serving and still remind me of that often
I love how invested my kids have become in their own health- it’s because they can visually see what should go into a healthy day’s amount of food. We also love there is a treat category! They can actually see now why dessert after dinner isn’t necessary if they already had a cupcake at a birthday party.
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CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of the nutrition tracker, Kristi H.!