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.
Introduce students to the idea that food is fuel for their bodies. “Food” refers to both 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. Geen-light foods are to be eaten more often than yellow-light or red-light foods:
It's important that kids understand that foods are not good or bad; however, there are foods that you want to eat more often for good health. For more information and about the nutritional benefits of foods and different food groups, read Food is Fuel.
Have kids turn and talk about their most recent snack or favorite snack. Discuss things that influence snack choices such as mood, energy, place, time, family traditions, etc.
Optional: Record snack choices to categorize after the lesson.
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Teach Kids to Identify Healthy Snack ChoicesStudents view the slideshow and classify snack choices as Eat More/Green Light, Eat Some/Yellow Light, Eat Less/Red Light.
Learn About Healthy Snack Options
When making a snack choice, remember the best snacks, like fruit, vegetables, water, and milk, have a short ingredient list!
Check for understanding: Which green-light snack choices are your favorites?
Have Kids Make Healthy Snack ChoicesStudents identify Eat More/Green Light, Eat Some/Yellow Light, Eat Less/Red Light choices, then use the Snack Choices printable to plan after school snacks.
Time: 20 Minutes