I was getting fed up. My kids were asking me for food constantly, and my response was always, “What did you already eat today?” Then they would list foods, while I dissect which food groups they were lacking. Then I would make a few snack suggestions. It got old, and it took up a lot of my time. But I also didn’t want them to have free reign on snacks, because they would choose carbs about 150% of the time.
So I decided that we needed individual food pyramids that they could use to track their daily intake. All of the food pyramids I could find online were the outdated (and wrong) 1950’s version that encourages all that wheat. This is my own recommendation for my family, based on my many years of reading book after book and blog after blog about healthy eating and dietary recommendations. (disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, just a mom. If you have concerns about it, ask your doctor.)
So I printed out our pyramids, laminated them, and hung them on the refrigerator…
Then each child used dry erase crayons to check off their boxes as they ate throughout the day…
And they easily chose a more well-rounded diet, without any prompting from me!
CLICK HERE to download your own copy of my Healthy Eating Pyramid! I printed 2-per-page for my family, so they would fit easily on my refrigerator door. Hope your family enjoys it!