Sunday, October 24, 2010

Today I Ate A Rainbow: Review and Giveaway

Have you ever heard of a young child who enjoys eating fruits and vegetables? Who hasn’t right? It is not always a combination that goes together, yet I recently discovered a fantastic way to making children enjoy eating fruits and vegetables.

National nutritional standards say that we should be getting five fruits and vegetable servings daily. Now, I know that even though my girls love these types of food (they would rather have an apple than a cookie), they don’t always get all they need.


Today I Ate A Rainbow is a fun way to make sure your child gets the fruits and vegetables they need in a day.

How Today I Ate A Rainbow Started:

We created the Today I Ate A Rainbow!™ chart to keep track of the produce that our daughter was eating as we found that sometimes when life got really busy we didn’t always live up to our expectations of ensuring she was eating her fruits and veggies!  We also wanted her to participate and take responsibility for her food choices in a fun and interactive way.

We knew that if she ate produce from all the main colour groups every day, she would be getting a good variety of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. This chart was such a huge help to us with very successful results, we decided to make it available to other parents!  Our plan is to expand our line of products and services to encourage healthy eating for the whole family!

Our latest product is our new childrens book called The Rainbow Bunch~ Learning to eat a Rainbow of fruits and veggies! We have a lot of other exciting products and plans in the works… so check back often!


About Today I Ate A Rainbow:

“Today I Ate A Rainbow!™” is an interactive nutritional chart that makes eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables fun! Designed for children ages 3 and up, this product is made up of a colourful rainbow chart and bright coloured magnets that allow up to 4 children (or two children and their parents!) to easily track the fruits and vegetables they eat throughout the day. Also included are four achievement magnets and a rainbow colour-coded shopping list.

Sometimes it can be challenging to get children to eat their fruits and vegetables – especially the 5 or more servings a day that is recommended. This chart provides a tangible and fun way for children to track their intake of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and powerful phytonutrients.

Many phytonutrients give fruit and vegetables their bright colour… the brighter the better! Our chart is made up of these major colour groups: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Blue-Purple. The different bright colours signify the different phytonutrients that each fruit or vegetable contains, therefore we use the Rainbow colours as a guide to getting a wide range of phytonutrients and nutrients in your children’s diet. Young children don’t need to know what specific nutrients each fruit or vegetable features: this chart makes it really easy for them – they just need to Eat a Rainbow every day!


The Rainbow Kit contains the following: (For $25)

·         1 Today I Ate A Rainbow! chart
·         4 sets coloured magnets
·         4 achievement magnets
·         2 fridge magnets
·         1 colour-coded shopping list
·         The Rainbow Bunch Book
·         Bonus Rainbow Bookmark

The Rainbow Bunch:

Meet The Rainbow Bunch: Ruby, Owen, Yoshi, Gabby and Pippa! Follow them on their journey of discovering WHY it is so important to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables everyday!

The Rainbow Bunch is a rhyming story that helps young children to understand why we need to give our bodies healthy food… and what can happen when we don’t!

Poor Concentration, Obesity, Lack of Energy,Weakened Immune Systems and Malnutrition, are some of the very real consequences that our characters face as a result of unhealthy eating habits. This story has a happy ending because our characters learn how to become healthy Rainbow kids! Your child can easily become a Rainbow kid too…they just need to get in the habit of eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies every day!

Childhood is the best time to introduce and set healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime!

Let The Rainbow Bunch show you how!!!

This book was written to help parents and caregivers open up a conversation with very young children about the importance of making healthy eating choices!
It’s time for kids to have characters that they can look-up to that encourage healthy living!
Have your kid join The Rainbow Bunch!

This rhyming book was written for young children between the ages of 2 -5 yrs old. It is a great tool to open up communication about the importance of eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables everyday!    $6.00 CDN


Shopping List 3 Pack:

Run out of shopping lists?? Add this item to your cart! Each package contains 3 replacement shopping list pads to make purchasing your rainbow a breeze!   $8.00 CDN

Each package contains:
• 3 shopping list pads
• 25 double sided sheets per pad


Today I Ate A Rainbow is also a winner of the PTPA award, and is made in Canada using North American materials!

My Review:

As an early childhood educator and mom of two young children, I am always looking for great products that will encourage children to be the healthiest they can be. Whether it is to encourage physical activity or healthy eating, children need to learn these valuable concepts at a young age. When the opportunity to review The Rainbow Kit from Today I Ate A Rainbow came up I immediately knew that this product was something I wanted to check out.

We have had the magnetic chart and pieces on our fridge for about three weeks now and my girls LOVE it! Every morning the girls take turns clearing the chart before we have breakfast. They also take turns between using the circle and square pieces.  (***The kit has now been updated to include circle, square, star and triangle pieces). I love how they are learning the concepts of problem solving and turn taking. Wonderful extended learning are happening with this product. I also love that there are four sets, so my husband and I can join in the fun. Children learn from role modeling and so if they see we are eating our fruits and vegetables, they will too.

The learning that occurs with Today I Ate A Rainbow has extended far past our home. When we are grocery shopping my oldest routinely has reminded me we need all the colors of the rainbow for fruit and veggies! I am so proud of her and so happy with this product. She also loves the book, The Rainbow Bunch. It is easy to read and full of brightly colored illustrations, capturing the attention of my two year old as well.

I am very excited to announce that Kia, the creator of Today I Ate A Rainbow, is in the process of creating this fantastic nutrition awareness product for preschools! Check out the website for more information.

As both a mom and educator I give Today I Eat A Rainbow a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: To purchase Today I Ate A Rainbow, head over to the official website today!

WIN IT: One (1) reader will win the newly updated Today I Ate A Rainbow Kit

MANDATORY ENTRY: Tell me one way that you get your child to eat their fruits and vegetables
(must be done first before extra entries will count)

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GIVEAWAY OPEN TO U.S. AND CANADA

GIVEAWAY ENDS NOVEMBER 9, 2010

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

***I received a complimentary Today I Ate A Rainbow Kit, courtesy of Today I Ate A Rainbow, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


40 comments:

  1. Luckily my girls will eat any fruit of veggie, but my son is much more picky. He is the only baby I ever knew to not like fruit. He still rarely eats fruit, but I have found that apples dipped in peanut butter he will eat and any veggie with lowfat ranch or sour cream he wil eat.
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  9. Fruit salad is always a big hit with my little guy. He also is a huge veggie fan so I am lucky.

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  10. One way I get my kids to eat their fruits and veggies is to put them in a smoothie! Thanks for the giveaway. mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  21. My kids actually like fruit and veggies. Its meats we have trouble getting them to eat

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  27. We eat of veggies in front of my son, and we give them names. Like Broccoli are trees (that's a common one I guess!).
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