Teach kids to plan a healthy meal, using the MyPlate printable and Food Chart.
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. Green-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.
Ask kids to turn and talk to a partner about their favorite meal. What is it that makes it a favorite?
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Think About Healthy Meal Options
Students view the slideshow examples of mealtime choices:
Learn About Healthy Eating Options
Present tips for healthy food choices:
Check for understanding: Which foods will you choose to put on your plate for your next meal?
Today we discussed healthy mealtime options and how to make healthy choices. What will you tell others about healthy mealtime choices?
Time: 20 Minutes
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