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Teaching your children healthy eating habits with SuperNoots

June 9th, 2008 · 88 Comments

We’ve been loving our SuperNoots! My kids and I have been playing/doing/moving the SuperNoots for a week now and it’s been a fantastic learning experience for all of us. We have two boys and they are flippin crazy people. If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I am constantly breaking up train fights, car tosses- anything and everything that one has that the other MUST HAVE as well. So, thankfully, Lori sent us two sets of SuperNoots even though the youngest is too young for it. His (Ryan’s) idea of SuperNoots is to take all of Benjamin’s and put them on his chart.

SuperNoots is a way to teach your kids about healthy eating habits. It puts the power in their hands on how to chose healthy foods as snacks, lunch, dinner or breakfast. It usually goes like this “what magnets will I get if I eat that?” For each day, your child starts the day with an empty chart and as they eat, they fill up their charts. You get 6 whole grains, 2 dairy, 2 protein, 2 vegetables, 1 treat and 3 fruits. Now people do not freak out yet. (HOLY COW!!???) I thought the same thing (that I know you’re thinking), but, it’s more about teaching your child to make healthy choices, not necessarily how many servings of each that they get. I asked Lori about this because my kid drinks tons of milk and fruit and needs to be prompted to eat his protein. Here’s her answer:

I chose the quantities of ’servings’ based on 4 criteria. The first was the old food pyramid that you and I most likely grew up learning about, very heavy on the grains. The second criteria was the new FDA pyramid, which requires less grains and more vegetables. The third was a recent Harvard study claiming that our diets should be heaviest on the fruit and vegetable side. I actually agree with this one, but I chose the numbers for SuperNoots mostly based on the fourth criteria…

I wanted kids to succeed and feel good about their healthy eating. I realized early on that the majority of kids using the chart were using it because they were struggling in the first place. Whether they were trying new vegetables or even the first vegetable, I knew it would be unrealistic to ask kids to eat three, possibly four vegetables in one day.

When I had the chart right there in front of him, Benjamin was more than willing to eat the Salmon if he could get a magnet in the circle. One other thing was that even though some foods could be used for more than one food group, the idea is only one magnet per food eaten. Honestly, my kid rarely filled up his chart! 6 grains is a lot of grain to fill up- but he always got his fruit, dairy servings and usually a few carrots and since I told him walnuts counted for protein, he was willing to eat that as well (Like 1).

I’m very excited about SuperNoots and the momprenuer of SuperNoots, Lori Liakonis. She is incredibly passionate about her product and I’m thrilled she was willing to share a set with us. You, readers, are equally lucky because she has decided to sponsor a contest as well! Please take a minute and check out her website, come back and post a comment and you will be entered to win. Winner must reply to email within 24 hours and provide a US Mailing address. Yes, you may enter if you are not a mom yet! I think any kid under the age of 6 or 8 could benefit from it, so if you win, please use a fantastic gift. Retail value is $35. Contest ends June 16th. 9pm PST. *****58 is the winner!****

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88 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MizFit // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I HEART this game and have had to hold back from ordering my own as Im confident Id lose it/misplace it before my own daughter is ready to play (of the age to play..)

    so I ‘borrow’ a friend’s game AND kids :)

  • 2 Playful Professional // Jun 9, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I’m not a mom yet but this actually looks like a fun game for me to play myself because it’s always a struggle to get the required nutrition in daily. Or I could give it to my cute nephew… Hmm so many possibilities.

  • 3 susan varney // Jun 9, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    i’ll be slim

  • 4 Carissa D. // Jun 9, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    This is a great teaching tool for kids and adults.

  • 5 michelle lopez // Jun 9, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    what an awesome idea to teach evey age!

  • 6 Kathy Mullins // Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    As a web designer, I am impressed with the web site’s easy to read graphics, and quick loading times. Nicely done, and very informative. The prize would be helpful to help me with improving my eating habits. This is an excellent prize that will benefit anyone’s health.

    Salud!!

  • 7 Gina Stratos // Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    What a great concept. My kids are visual so this might actually help get the right things onto the table and into their bodies.
    gkstratos @yahoo.com

  • 8 charline s // Jun 9, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    What fun this could be, we really having snacking issues in this house with hubby on the kids side of the matter. I would really like to have one of these games. Because it really sounds like a game instead of some educational so the kids would go for it.

  • 9 Fitarella // Jun 9, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Ooooooh we WANT that!!!!!!!

    Looks like so much fun and would be perfect for us ;-)

  • 10 workout mommy // Jun 9, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    what a great idea! We could all use that around my house!

  • 11 amira // Jun 9, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    this is a great teaching tool for kids, and adults too!

  • 12 chacona1chick // Jun 9, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I love the SuperNoots Chart. It would be a great visual for my 3 boys (baby girl is too young) to see what their food choices are. The graphics and colors make it entertaining and engaging for kids. Thanks for letting me know about it!

  • 13 Louise Brouillette // Jun 9, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Great for teaching!

  • 14 Hil'Lesha // Jun 9, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    This is a great idea! :)

  • 15 Catherine copeland // Jun 9, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    eating right is so important. it works best when a kid understands what a smart choice is. i love this product

  • 16 Tonya Froemel // Jun 10, 2008 at 12:21 am

    What a cool idea. I love that this is a fun way to teach your kids to eat well.

  • 17 Rosa Clarke // Jun 10, 2008 at 3:32 am

    Good idea! I wish I thought of that.

  • 18 Linda Lansford // Jun 10, 2008 at 3:54 am

    great teaching tool

  • 19 Terri B // Jun 10, 2008 at 5:49 am

    I NEED to win this… or buy it the day after the winner is announced. Great idea… wish I’d thought of it!

  • 20 sandy // Jun 10, 2008 at 9:58 am

    great teaching tool

  • 21 Susan C // Jun 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    My six year old grandson needs this, he loves icecream and cookies just a little too much-but he also loves a challenge. He would definitely want to get magnets, so maybe he would eat better.

  • 22 Beverly M // Jun 10, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    what a great idea! My family really needs this!

  • 23 Alice C // Jun 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    what a great idea :0)

  • 24 Judy Y // Jun 10, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Love this. It is a great way to get a well balanced diet in daily.

  • 25 Kari F // Jun 10, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    This is a great game! I’d love to win!!

  • 26 Mama C // Jun 10, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing this-my family could really benefit from learning about nutrition in a fun way instead of me nagging them all the time.

  • 27 David Goldbeck // Jun 10, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Dera FfM,
    I think it is possible to never have to say “eat your vegetables” again. That’s why I wrote “The ABC’s of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond.” There is no doubt that the foundation of a healthy diet and weight control is the significant consumption of vegetables and fruit. Unfortunately, many adults do not like these fine foods – so we must make sure kids don��t develop these attitudes. I hope parents and teachers interested in getting kids to develop friendly feelings towards fruits and vegetables should take a look at it. Out only a few months and already being bought in quantity for class use. I wrote it for kids of different ages as it is two books in one – children first learn their alphabet through produce poems and then go on to more mature activities. It is coauthored by best-selling food writer David Goldbeck (me) and Jim Henson writer Steve Charney. HealthyHighways.com

  • 28 Amy // Jun 11, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I am trying very hard to teach my kids to choose the right foods. This game would be a fun approach to a not so much fun job. Thanks!

  • 29 Britt // Jun 11, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Can you say…LLLOOOVVVEEE it!!!! Wow, this is what every mother needs!!!!

  • 30 Noelia Gutierrez // Jun 11, 2008 at 3:51 am

    I would love this game for my kids, thank you.

  • 31 sandra // Jun 11, 2008 at 5:43 am

    I want to share a great place where I always shop for organic and gluten free products. WholeAndNatural.com. They have lots of great stuff.

  • 32 Heather G // Jun 11, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    This would be fantastic! What a fun way to help kids eat better.

  • 33 Debbie Criss // Jun 12, 2008 at 2:47 am

    I’ve been eating healthier for about a year its my lifestyle. Have lost 4 sizes over the last year. I have a 16 year old , over weight ,that may be to old for this. But if I win this I’m crafty, so I bet I could turn it into girls and cars, hunting and fishing. Please enter me, thank you

  • 34 Molly Capel // Jun 12, 2008 at 7:25 am

    What a cool product! I would love to try this with my kids.

  • 35 LobotoME // Jun 12, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    I had never heard of this before! What a fabulous idea! My 4 year old (Samme) would LOVE, LOVE it (and so would her mommy)!

    Jenny :)

  • 36 Jennifer Hedden // Jun 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    enter me

  • 37 Cindi // Jun 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    It is a very well designed and easy to navigate site. They have lots of helpful advice on their site, also! Their idea is a very needed and good one. I have a great niece who is 9 and rather large. My niece is her mother. Her father has consoled her and her younger brother with food and I know this is why she is overweight. She doesn’t even know how to ride a bike! Please enter me in your delightful contest drawing. I appreciate it. Thanks,Cindi

  • 38 misty w // Jun 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    What a great product. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  • 39 TheAngelForever // Jun 13, 2008 at 12:13 am

    This looks absolutely amazing to help teach good nutrition to children. Thank you for the chance to win one :)

  • 40 Elizabeth M. // Jun 13, 2008 at 12:16 am

    I saw something similiar to this once but I like this one so much more. The colors are bright and fun and I love how the kids can be involved in their own nutrition each and every day. I really feel it will help them build a lifelong pattern of healthy eating. I absolutely love this!

  • 41 NES // Jun 13, 2008 at 1:22 am

    This is a great idea!

  • 42 Jill L // Jun 13, 2008 at 2:01 am

    What a great idea. Anything that will get my kids thinking about what goes into their bodies has to be good. My kids are visual and love making charts. I believe this would be a hit in our house.

  • 43 R Hicks // Jun 13, 2008 at 2:27 am

    This is just perfect to get the picky little eaters to change their ways

  • 44 lace // Jun 13, 2008 at 3:34 am

    This is such a great way to show kids what they’ve eaten so far that day.

  • 45 Noreen // Jun 13, 2008 at 6:30 am

    what a great way to keep track and encourage my daughter to eat right

  • 46 jeanette malan // Jun 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    would love this game for my kids

  • 47 Gayle Morgan // Jun 14, 2008 at 3:01 am

    this is too neat and it looks fun

  • 48 Kelly // Jun 14, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Great website with great ideas!

  • 49 kelli // Jun 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    What a great system! I like the emphasis on making good choices, not on serving sizes and diets.

  • 50 kathy pease // Jun 14, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    its a pretty awesome site :)

  • 51 Jennifer // Jun 14, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Great thing to have on hand for when my daughter is a little older.

  • 52 Ed Nemmers // Jun 14, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Sweet site!

  • 53 Shay // Jun 14, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    This is great as a teacher I always respect any idea that is educational for my daughter! Thanks!

  • 54 Sarah Z // Jun 14, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    What a great idea – this would be great for my 10 year old and would help us eat better! I love the saying “Before you can move mountains, you need to move magnets!”

  • 55 Scott Jensen // Jun 15, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Wow, what a super idea!

  • 56 Jennifer H // Jun 15, 2008 at 1:49 am

    What a fun way for the entire family to learn how to eat healthily!

  • 57 Frances Watson // Jun 15, 2008 at 3:45 am

    this is a great Idea

  • 58 Angela // Jun 15, 2008 at 3:47 am

    Id love ot have one for COnnor!

    I blogged your contest on Prize-A-Tron!
    http://www.prizeatron.com

  • 59 Lara Aleff // Jun 15, 2008 at 4:55 am

    This is a really good idea for everybody, adults included! I like how they use a simple chart with pictures so that even little kids can use it!

  • 60 Michelle H // Jun 15, 2008 at 5:43 am

    there’s an area on pbskids.org that tries to teach this so it would reinforce that … my son loves anything in game form

  • 61 Janet // Jun 15, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Looks like lots of fun!!ty 4 the great contest!:)

  • 62 Veronica Garrett // Jun 15, 2008 at 11:34 am

    What a great way to get young children involved in eating right.

  • 63 Brooke // Jun 15, 2008 at 11:54 am

    What a cool idea! I’d love to give this a try. I have a mixed bag of eaters in my family.

  • 64 Rebecca Peters // Jun 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    This right here is definitely a great learning tool for young and old, a great way to stay on track of what you are eating. Great contest!

  • 65 JJean // Jun 15, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    I like that this makes it a visual reminder to fulfill all our daily needs. Thanks!

  • 66 mary beth i. // Jun 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    great way to get kids eating right early on!

  • 67 Gina // Jun 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    What a great product, I think this would be great for the entire family not only children.

    Thanks.

  • 68 Denise // Jun 15, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    What a cool concept! Kids will eat this one up.

  • 69 sarah woods // Jun 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    sounds what I really need to facilitate great nutrition/hydration for the children to keep them healthy. Thanks Sw

  • 70 Stephanie Kinchen // Jun 15, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    This is a great idea, very informative.

  • 71 Sharon // Jun 15, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    this looks great! we are starting over with #2 so this would really help.

  • 72 Julie // Jun 15, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    I’m trying to change my own eating habits (like incorporating whole grains and fruits). This would be a great way to teach my kids how to do it.

  • 73 chris h // Jun 15, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    great idea

  • 74 Donna Kozar // Jun 16, 2008 at 3:08 am

    I really looks like a good idea.

  • 75 Rosanne Morrison // Jun 16, 2008 at 4:02 am

    I like the name of this website

  • 76 Timothy Sternberg // Jun 16, 2008 at 5:50 am

    I’m not a mom yet but this actually looks like a fun game for me to play myself because it’s always a struggle to get the required nutrition in daily.

  • 77 Ken // Jun 16, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    This sweepstakes has been featured on Sweepstakes Advantage, http://www.sweepsadvantage.com. The Web’s Largest Directory of Free Online Sweepstakes. Good Luck to Everyone!

  • 78 Kathy Conley // Jun 16, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    My daughter has gained 14 lbs in the last year – this would be a great way for me to help teach her better nutrition!

  • 79 Deanne S // Jun 16, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    This sounds fun and educational. I’m so determined to teach my boys to eat healthier than I have in my life especially my childhood. It’s so important for kids to develop healthy eating patterns when they’re young.

  • 80 Carolyn // Jun 16, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    That is the coolest thing ever!

  • 81 Jay Fenster // Jun 16, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    what a great idea!

  • 82 kathy pease // Jun 16, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    what an awesome idea :)

  • 83 Lance Saltzman // Jun 16, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Great idea

  • 84 Gloria Dornin // Jun 16, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    I think this is a neat idea

  • 85 Heather C // Jun 17, 2008 at 12:57 am

    What a super idea! This would be a perfect way to keep track of nutrition, and a great way to reward your child for filling in all the circles on a daily basis.

  • 86 Suzanne Rogers // Jun 17, 2008 at 1:51 am

    Great idea to help moms and kids remember to eat healthy daily.

  • 87 Jerry Stearns | GraniteHardBody.com // Jun 22, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Motivating kids for healthy eating habits is the best way to encourage smart eating habits.

    Balanced diet and good nutrition help kids grow up healthy.

  • 88 Cathy D // Jan 23, 2009 at 1:38 am

    This is JUST what I was looking for! And, how awesome is it that she includes a shopping list for the kids to choose foods from! This ‘game’ does all the work for us!

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