Paths to Healthy Snack Options for Kids | Sanford Fit

Lesson

Paths to Healthy Snack Options for Kids

Teach kids about healthy snack options and help them categorize snacks into Eat More/Green Light, Eat Some/Yellow Light, Eat Less/Red Light choices.

Objectives

  • Identify nutritious snack choices.
  • Use the stoplight colors (green, yellow, and red) as tools to categorize food choices as "eat more," "eat some," and "eat less."

Info to Know

Talk with students about the idea that food is fuel for their bodies. “Food” refers to what you eat and what you drink. The lessons in this unit use a stoplight as a tool to help students think about their food choices:

  • Eat More: Green-light foods have the most nutrition for energy and growth, so eat them often! Examples: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, milk, and water.
  • Eat Some: Yellow-light foods do not keep you fueled up the way green-light foods do, so eat them sometimes. Examples: canned or dried fruit, veggies with sauces, white bread or pasta, peanut butter, and juice.
  • Eat Less: Red-light foods are the least nutritious. It's okay to have a red-light food once in a while. Stop and think about your choice and eat the red-light foods least often. Examples: chips, candy, fried foods, cakes, donuts, and soda. 

It's important that kids understand that some foods provide you with more nutrition than others. Check out the Eat More Eat Some Eat Less Food Chart for examples. For more information about the nutritional benefits of foods and different food groups, read Food is Fuel

Set The Stage

Have kids turn and talk about their favorite nutritious snack foods. Don't forget nutritious drink choices!

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Captivate

Teach Kids to Identify Healthy Snack Choices

Students view the slideshow and classify snack choices as Eat More (Green Light), Eat Some (Yellow Light), and Eat Less (Red Light).

Educate

Learn About Healthy Snack Options

When making a snack choice, remember that nutritious snacks usually have a short ingredient list, like fruit, vegetables, water, and milk!

Check for understanding: Which green-light snack choices are your favorites?

Activate

Have Kids Make Healthy Snack Choices

Students identify green-light, yellow-light, and red-light food choices. Use the Eat More, Eat Some, Eat Less Food Chart to help identify and classify snack choices.

Close the Lesson

Today we identified nutritious snack options and categorized them into green-light, yellow-light, and red-light choices. Next we will learn about nutritious meal options.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts–Eat a variety of foods within each food group every day.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making
  • Standard 7: Practice Health-Enhancing Behaviors

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making

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