Teach kids strategies for making it easier to choose nutritious snacks, such as having go-to appealing options in mind and planning ahead.
The lessons in this unit help kids to understand that food is fuel. Food is what you eat and drink to give your body energy to move and think. Rather than classifying foods as good or bad, encourage children to stop and think, then choose the best fuel (i.e., foods that supply nutrition and energy).
You can extend a lesson with videos from the fit video series, What Food Does for Your Body. Each video highlights a food group or category and serves as a great resource to introduce or review the benefits of eating a variety of foods. See the Extend the Lesson section of this page for a list of videos.
For more information on nutritious eating, go to MyPlate.gov.
Download and display the Smart Snacking Printable Pack as a visual reminder of nutritious snacks.
Ask students to share nutritious food and beverage choices they’ve made at home. Share the video, Healthy Snacks Food Quiz, with kids to get them thinking more about their snack choices.
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What Do You Know About Nutritious Snacks?
Students take a quiz about snack choices. They show their answers by standing on their right or left foot or showing their thumbs up or thumbs down.
Learn to Make Nutritious Snacks for You and Your Friends
Now that kids are thinking about making nutritious snack choices, share some tips on making nutritious snack choices easier:
Check for understanding: What are some examples of nutritious snacks?
Practice Making Nutritious Snacks
Encourage nutritious snack choices by asking students to create a nutritious snack plate using the My Healthy Snack printable. For example, crackers, fruit, and cheese make a nutritious snack.
Have students share their nutritious snack ideas with partners or the whole group. Ask if anyone has heard about a new nutritious snack choice they’d like to try. Compliment them on having nutritious snack options in mind and comment that this makes healthy choices a lot easier!
Time: 20 Minutes
Show kids how making healthy choices can cause a chain reaction of feeling good and making more healthy choices.Start Lesson