Rainbow Smoothie Sampler

Rainbow Smoothie Sampler

Who doesn’t want their kid to eat more fruits and veggies? Yes, even this dietitian’s 4 year-old daughter could use a boost in her produce intake.

Enter the “Today I Ate A Rainbow”™ kit.

Using a very simple concept, Kia Robertson (inspired by her daughter Hannah) has created a magnet board which kids can track the different colors they eat each day. Does it work?

I wasn’t sure if Mia would get it right away but she was motivated right from the start. Since we have a stainless steel fridge, I first stuck the board to a cookie sheet (later transferring it to our kitchen radiator cover.) Some mornings even before school, Mia asks, “Can I get a red magnet?” “Now I need a green magnet!” and she’ll keep going until she gets all five colors (and this is before 9 a.m.)

I also found the board to be a great tracker for me on what she has (or hasn’t) eaten for the day – as well as a reminder for me to get a few more colors into my daily intake.

Today I Ate a Rainbow tester - Teaspoon of Spice blog

Today I Ate a Rainbow Chart tester - Teaspoon of Spice blog

One of Mia’s favorite snacks is a simple smoothie that I make with equal parts yogurt, milk and frozen mango. The Rainbow Board got me thinking of different color combos that include both fruits and veggies, thus the sampler idea. My favorite smoothie tip – use frozen fruit or veggies when possible to add thickness and a chill.

Rainbow Smoothie Sampler

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit (see suggestions below)
  • 1/2 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup lowfat 1% milk
  • Red smoothie:
  • Raspberries, strawberries, beets
  • Orange smoothie:
  • Oranges, cantaloupe, peaches, carrots
  • Yellow smoothie:
  • Bananas, mangoes, pineapples
  • Green smoothie:
  • Kiwifruit, avocado, spinach
  • Purple smoothie:
  • Dark cherries, grapes, blueberries, blackberries

Directions

  1. In a blender, puree fruit, yogurt and milk until thoroughly blended. Add a little more milk if too thick.
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Today I Ate Rainbow™ Kit giveaway!! Kia has generously offered to send one lucky commenter a Today I Ate a Rainbow Kit™ which includes the chart, magnets, a shopping list pad, bookmark and The Rainbow Bunch™ book.

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Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post and you will also be entered each time you do the following (and leave a comment to let me know you’ve done it)…
  • Tweet about the giveaway with a link back to this post
  • “Like” Teaspoon Communications on Facebook and/or share the giveaway news with your Facebook fans and friends with a link back to the post
  • Follow our Teaspoon of Spice Creations recipe board on Pinterest

I’ll pick a random winner at 9 pm EDT on Monday, March 19, 2012. Good luck!

Update: Congratulations to Chrissie of www.AgaThyme.com, the winner of the giveaway selected by random.org! Thanks for all who commented!

Rainbow Smoothie Sampler Tray

Disclaimer: I was given a free Rainbow kit for agreeing to write a review. The thoughts and opinions above are my own.

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Comments

  1. This is such a great visual! I love it!

  2. I love making smoothies. Thanks for the different idea combinations for making smoothies of different colors!

  3. I follow your board on Pinterest!
    thanks!
    http://pinterest.com/robinosully/

  4. We would love to win the Today I Ate Rainbow™ Kit!! Thanks for the excellent review and giveaway!!

  5. Love your colorful smoothies and your giveaway-will share for sure!

  6. I’m not entering the giveaway (no kids!), but I just wanted to tell you how AWESOME this post is!

  7. Great idea, and great pictures!

  8. Love this! I have a picky eater, but I bet she would try new things for rainbow magnets!

  9. Your rainbow of smoothies is gorgeous!!!! So many delicious options :)

  10. lovely!! (& pretty photos!)

  11. Concept is sheer brilliance! Getting kids onto healthy food choices marrying the thrill of the reward chart with the “eating with your eyes first” theory. Would be a hit in our household for sure.

  12. We’ve been reading that blog lately and talking about eating rainbows, and my three year old LOVES Hannah and Kia’s videos, but I haven’t yet bitten the bullet and actually paid for a chart. So I would LOVE to win one!

    • Whozat – I’m so sorry but the giveaway ended on Monday. But thanks for commenting and personally, I think the chart is worth every penny!

  13. Just Tweeted about your give away !!

    • Heather- thansk so much for the repost and link – I guess I need to change the title as the giveaway ended on Monday (I did post an update at the bottom but clearly it got buried :) But thanks for your support all the same.

  14. I also re posted your link to my FB page…Heather’s Wee Wigglers where I also sell Today I Ate A Rainbow kits! All our friends and my daughter loves the book and magnets !

  15. The smoothies are a great idea!

  16. this looks fantastic. even *my* kids would love these :)

  17. I love smoothies, thanks for all the great ideas! I just pinned this to pinterest and it’s getting repinned like crazy!!

  18. I’m setting up a rainbow day for my son’s elementary school in the Spring. I LOVE the rainbow smoothies and magnet board! Can we use your picture and idea? Where do I find the magnet board? We may give a few away or sell some to parents.

    • Sounds like a great idea for the school! Click on the links in the first paragraph – the board & magnets is from a site called “Today I Ate a Rainbow” – great product and mission!

  19. How do you make the BLUE one?

  20. Delicious recipes and it fooled my kids too. They were so busy picking the colour that they didn’t realise that they were eating healthy foods, particularly the spinach :)
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