Painted rainbow lunches

Eat a rainbow! Tempting kids with colorful foods for balanced nutrition.
Taking Care of YOU--Tips and Tricks for Everyday Parents

Getting kids to try new foods and have a well balanced diet is one of the biggest struggles for moms of picky eaters. I’ve had my own trials with this recently and have discovered that the rainbow is definitely an amazing tool for teaching well balanced eating.

Today I’m sharing an awesome salad recipe for mom that will hopefully be too tempting for your little one to resist. Get the full recipe here (the dressing is so good you might want to drink it with a straw!) But if you really want to entice your kids, try this fantastic presentation:

When you first prep the salad be sure to store all the ingredients in separate containers. The food will stay fresh longer and you won’t have any “EW, it’s TOUCHING!” frustrations. For serving to your kids, simply pile a small sampling of each of the ingredients on a pretty plate. Serve with a small cup of the dressing for dipping.

And if you want to be that super cool mom? Place a food-safe paint brush (or basting brush) on the plate instead of a fork. Tell your little ones to paint their lunch with the “fruit paint” and watch as the giggles commence! My 4 year old had more fun with her lunch than ever!


tiffanydahleprofileTiffany Dahle is the hostess behind Peanut Blossom where she shares her belief that strong families start with strong and happy mothers. She encourages you to develop everyday possibilities for stretching your creativity while doing what you do to keep that household running!

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Taking Care of You

Taking Care of YOU--Tips and Tricks for Everyday ParentsWe know your days are busy working, kissing boo-boos, juggling laundry, making dentist appointments, and reading good-night stories. As parents, we instinctively put our children’s needs first. We prioritize their health and their happiness above our own.

It’s time to step back and look at the whole picture. You need to take care of you FOR THEM. You are the only one who can give your child a happy parent who enjoys life. What a wonderful gift!

We know that Taking Care of You is easier said than done. So, throughout the summer, we’ll continue to share weekly posts with simple, easy, unique ideas to keep you inspired. In this special series, our Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors will share their practical, real-life advice on how to:

  • Focus on your own well-being
  • Make healthy eating simple + enjoyable
  • Build exercise into your family routine
  • …and more!


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Eat a rainbow! Tempting kids with colorful foods for balanced nutrition.





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