5-A-Day Fruit/Veggie Chart

February 26, 2007 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Nutrition Info | 1 Comment

Eating 5 or more servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day is part of an important plan for healthy living. That’s because fruits and vegetables provide the wide range of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals your body needs to maintain good health and energy levels, protect against the effects of aging, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Therfore, I have been trying to figure out how to get our kids to eat more fruits and veggies. That was something I was never very good at doing when I was their age, and even still struggle with at times. They are 3 and 4 years old, so some of the resources I found to help encourage kids were a little too old for them. Therefore, I created a “5-A-Day” chart with squares for them to place stickers each time they ate a serving of fruit or veggies. I created the chart in black and white, so that we could also use it as a tool to talk more about each item pictured while we colored it (also reinforcing their colors).

The kids have loved it! Some days, Natalie will even ask for more fruits or veggies to eat so she can put more stickers up. So, it is working. Sometimes I have even implemented a “treat” for completing their 5 in a day.

Here it is. Feel free to print it off and use for yourself. And let me know how it goes. It would be so encouraging to me to know if it helps other kids.
5 A Day Chart

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What do you think?

February 22, 2007 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

thinkingJust wondering what you all think so far of my Health Puzzle blog?

Who all is reading it?

I’d appreciate any comments you have, or just say hello and that you are here.

The Meatrix

February 2, 2007 at 11:37 pm | Posted in Nutrition Info | Leave a comment

Now, I have never really thought much about animal cruelty. But the things I have been discovering lately about factory farming and where our food comes from is very disturbing. Not just when it comes to animals, but how the lack of care for those animals translates into poor health for us. It has really started making me think twice in my meat choices and the free-range, organic meat products are beginning to make a lot more sense to me.

These video clips are very clever and eye-opening! Enjoy!
meatrix Click the picture to view it.

There are several other ones too!

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