When it comes to my son's eating habits, it's my goal to provide him with well balanced meals on a daily basis. This means making sure he eats adequate servings of various food groups. When I was a little girl, I remember learning about the food pyramid in school. Created by the USDA, the food pyramid offered daily structured guidelines on the consumption of multiple food groups. It was actually around for a few decades up until the new MyPlate replaced it in 2011.
MyPlate is the USDA's latest food guideline. The whole idea is that we now have a visual of what our plates should look like when we sit down and eat everyday. I can honestly say that I actually like the new MyPlate guidelines better than the old food pyramid. I distinctly remember sweets being an actual section on the pyramid. Can you imagine? "Hey mom...this means I can have some chocolate with my dinner, right?!" Okay yes, it was a small portion, but still. Perhaps I am being bias, because I'm a mother, but it's nice to see that the new MyPlate omits this category. How would I have ever gotten out of that one? Plus, it's way easier to put together your meals properly with this new structure. It just makes much more sense all around (pun intended).
Since we're talking about the USDA's food guidelines, I'm happy to be sharing a cool new product from Fresh Baby. Some of you may remember a post that I wrote a few months ago that discussed the Drink Up Initiative. This is where I also first introduced Fresh Baby. If you're just now hearing about the company for the very first time, here's a little background about them:
Reminiscent of the movie, "Baby Boom", starring Diane Keaton, Fresh Baby is the inspiration of Cheryl Tallman, who lives in the rural United States. In raising her son, she could not identify all-natural alternatives for healthy and hassle-free feeding. Drawing upon her own concerns as a parent, she began developing products for today's busy parents and caregivers with a product line that included homemade baby food kits, baby food cookbooks, baby food and breast milk storage trays, breastfeeding reminders, child development diaries and has expanded to include toddler cookbooks, the newly released Kid's Portion Plate and a new line of stainless steel dishes.
We've been very lucky to try some of Fresh Baby's products in the past, and I have become such a fan. One of my favorites from them is their Kid's 4-Section MyPlate. This plate is pretty awesome, since it offers divided compartments that are labeled and color coded for each of the four major food groups. Even better, each section is appropriately sized depending on the type of food, offering better portion control for your child's daily intake. This means vegetables will have a larger section than let's say fruit. Kids as young as toddler age will be able to use the Fresh Baby MyPlate and learn all about eating a well-balanced meal.
Even older kids can have a plate of their own, too! Fresh Baby has recently released a new 4-Section MyPlate that offers a larger 8-inch eating area, perfect for children ages 6 and older. Even adults can use this plate if they really wanted to. The best part, this new 4-Section MyPlate sports a fun comic book design. Instead of your pictures of various foods, you have these clever speech bubbles to show you where the vegetables and proteins go (Just think of those "Bam! Wham!" pop ups from the old Batman shows).
Unlike the original 4-Section MyPlate that has fully divided sections meant to help younger children, this new design offers color coded sections using a marker rather than a full on divider. Since the new plate is geared towards ages 6 and up, this gives children the feel of a regular (big kid) plate rather than one meant for toddlers. At the same time, there is a distinction on what foods go where and how much.
Even though these offer the look and feel of a big kid plate, I personally found them to also work well with younger children, too. My own son loves the plates, and gets a kick out of the comic book speech bubbles.
The new Fresh Baby Comic Book Design MyPlate (left) and the original Fresh Baby MyPlate (right)
It's also dishwasher and microwave-safe.
Of course no meal could be complete without a beverage. Water is the first choice in our house, but we do make sure our little one also gets his daily servings of milk. In addition to the new Comic Book Design MyPlate, Fresh Baby has released a Comic Book Design Dairy Cup.
The cup includes fun visuals and a "dairy" speech bubble to fit the whole comic book theme. It also offers a transparent design with an 8-ounce line for easier filling and proper portion control.
The new Comic Book Design Dairy Cup is lead, BPA, and phthalate free.
It's also dishwasher-safe.
Fresh Baby is all about educating parents and their children on the importance of making healthy meal choices. If you visit Fresh Baby's website, you'll find tons of FREE printable downloads, including these Eat like a My Plate Super Hero lesson plans to go with the new Comic Book Design MyPlate and Dairy Cup.
If you are interested in purchasing the Comic Book Design 4 Section MyPlate and/or Dairy Cup, they can both be found on Amazon. The plates actually come in a three-pack and the cups in a two-pack. A portion of the profits for each MyPlate sold actually go to the Partnership For Healthier America's Drink Up Initiative.
Even though motherly instinct allows me to properly gauge healthy food choices for my son, the products that Fresh Baby offer are quite helpful. They include cool designs that not only give children a good visual on what they are supposed to eat, but it may even encourage them to try new foods. It also makes mealtime a lot of fun as they learn all about proper meal choices.
I am happy to offer Our Everyday Harvest readers the chance to win the new Fresh Baby Comic Book Design 4 Section MyPlate and Dairy Cup. This is an entire children's dinnerware set and includes three plates and two cups!
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