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Traffic-Light Eating at the Grocery Store

YoBaby has a great ‘Feeding Advice’ section of their website that is positively packed with helpful information. One article that caught my attention was about how to teach your children healthy habits at the grocery store. A concept that I particularly loved was Traffic-Light Eating.

Basically, Traffic-Light Eating says that there are no ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, just foods that we should eat every single day (green foods!), foods we should eat as treats (yellow foods!), and foods with ingredients that we should probably avoid or think twice about eating (red foods!). Green means speed up, yellow means slow down, and red – of course – means stop.

What a great – and fun – metaphor for healthy eating.

So, what foods fall into the green, yellow, and red light categories?

Green Light Foods

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Wild salmon
  • Yogurt
  • Lean meats
  • Tofu
  • Whole grains
  • And more…

Yellow Light Foods

  • Desserts
  • 100% Fruit Juice (it’s healthier to eat whole fruits)
  • Chips
  • And more…

Red Light Foods

  • Sodas
  • Foods with additives and artificial colors
  • Trans-fats
  • And more…

You can see the complete list of traffic-light foods here.

Especially with older children, I think this could be a really fun game – hold up a piece of fruit and say, “Green, yellow, or red?” And then a box of popcorn. Your children could quiz you, too! And at meal time, you could try to create meals of entirely green light foods. Or green light desserts!

A big thanks to YoBaby for sponsoring this campaign.  Click here to see more of the discussion.

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