Thursday, December 3, 2009

Food Posters

Old magazines.....sometimes I want to keep them just in case........then I never get around looking at them, so I just thow them away.

Today we made posters of different types of foods. We made 6. One for fruits, veggies, dairy, meat and beans, grains, and junk food. The we got my old Better Homes and Gardens magazines, cut out pictures, and attached them the the correct poster.

Now I can throw those away.>

The "posters" were just oversized pieces of paper that we cut from a paper roll.

The girls wrote the titles on them. Savannah said she accidentally wrote vegie tales instead of vegetables.

Even Brookie worked on her cutting skills.

That's all we got done for now, but I would like to re-visit them and talk about the uniqueness of each group.

This can be used as an introduction to the concept of nutrition with your kids. It is also good practice for categorizing.

Other discussions:

After food groupings are identified, it can be reinforced during your meal conversations.

"What group does this food belong in?"

"Where did it come from?"

See if you have a food from each of the fruit, vegetable, dairy, grains, and meat categories.

Is there anything from the junk food category?

You can also label foods as "anytime", "sometimes", and "once and a while" categories, or if you prefer, "green light", "yellow light", and "red light".

To make it simple, "green light" foods would be fruits and vegetables (low in calories, high in the healthy stuff), "yellow light" foods fall in the meat and beans, dairy, and grains (good for you in small amounts), and "red light" or junk foods should only be eaten once and a while because they taste good but are not good for your bodies.

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BTW: Is tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable? Depends on how you look at it. From a horticulture perspective it is a fruit because it has seeds and is a flowering plant. Nutritionally, it is considered a vegetable because of the nutritional make up and it's not sweet. Right now, I'm focusing on the nutrition definition just because I'm a dietitian and that's what I'm familiar with. If you have questions about food categories, you can go to my food-a-pedia.

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