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.
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:
It's important that kids understand that foods are not or bad; however, there are foods that you want to eat more often for good health. For more information 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 Choices
Students 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 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?
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.
Time: 20 Minutes