Older kids may be encouraged to eat better if they know what the foods they are eating do specifically to help their bodies.
Teach your kids how to read food labels to tell what a serving is and what exactly they are eating.
Try these sites:
For information about food labels for kids: http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/labels.html
For printables: http://www.nourishinteractive.com/nutrition-education-printables/category/6-food-labels-worksheets-printables-teaching-kids-reading-food-labeling-nutrition-facts-free-learning-printouts-activity
Did you know...March is Nutrition month?
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This website has ideas for teaching Nutrition in the Classroom but could also work for using at home: http://www.healthyeatingpei.ca/healthy-children-youth/school-nutrition/teacher-resources/
For more about teaching kids about nutrition: http://www.nutritionforkids.com/
This is the site I found the nutritional information to give to my sons: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/fruit-nutrition.html
HERE ARE SOME MORE IDEAS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES:
REVIEW THE FOOD GROUPS:
The best way to start your kids on a healthy path is to model good eating yourself. Another way to help is to review a basic food guide as a family.
If you are looking for some information on the food groups try these sites:
NOTE: I made this worksheet a very basic thing. It is not very scientific and I tried to simplify the answers so that kids can understand what each vitamin and mineral does.
NOTE: I’m not a nutritionist and I’ve never studied food science or health or anything like that. I’ve based this worksheet purely on research I made online and in books and cookbooks I’ve read. I found a lot of information here: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/fruits-why.html
Check out this song about healthy eating made by nurses...
HAVE A HEALTHY ME THEME DAY:
For additional family activities to educate your children about making healthy choices try our Healthy Me Theme Day.