When I took my first nutrition class in college, I was taught the “four food groups”. Do you remember that? It seems like ages ago! Then there was the “Food guide Pyramid” And now of course is “MyPyramid. Do your kids know about it? My kids know MyPyramid better than they know their multiplication tables. Mostly because the MyPyramid poster is inside the pantry door, which they open 249 times a day, and the multiplication poster is inside the hall closet where they are deposit their shoes, backpacks, and jackets. They open that closet approximately 0 times a day!
Teach your kids about the food groups, but spare them the lectures about osteoporosis and heart disease, and make it simple. This is what happens at our house. Ketchup boy says, “I’m STARVING“
I say, “Let’s look at the poster, which food group have you not eaten from today?”
And he will simply point to the pictures of the food group he has neglected, and we choose a snack from there.” It’s that simple.
When I used to have the old pyramid up, the “sweets” section at the top was very appealing. At that point I would tell them, you can have something from the sweet section as soon as you eat something from every food group. It actually worked quite well. Even your two year olds can learn. I can hold my neice up to the poster and say to her, “show me the bananas!” And she will gladly point out the bananas in the picture.
I purchase my posters at the local school supply stores.
Since writing this post, the pyramid has been replaced with Choose MyPlate. Find out more details and resources here.