The plates pictured are just some examples of recent choices at our house. Even more important at this time of year are whole, clean foods.
What a great way to combat all the sugar, gingerbread and eggnog of the season. Keeping every other item high in protein, veg and fruit is a nice way to stay on track during the holiday season. Even M&H can get on this band wagon, they love a simple plate, full of interesting colors and flavors.
Recently we did a agriculture lesson on the foods and crops of California. Part of the lesson asked each child to evaluate the color of the foods they most often eat, pointing out all the benefits of foods currently in their spectrum. Then it asked which colors you are missing in your diet. M&H quickly identified that they were missing the red/orange elements. So, we discussed what important nutrients come from these brightly colored foods. Making them aware made a huge difference, now they make it a point to ask for variety and to recognize when they haven't gotten enough of a certain color. Wonderful learning!