"Find Your Food Style" quiz is a fun way for kids to gain perspective
about their eating habits.
KIDS ONLY: Find Your Food Style:
Are you a planner, grabber or skipper?
1. When you wake up in the morning,
A. Already know what
you are having for breakfast. You even hide your favorite cereal
in a place your pesky little sister won't find it.
B. Sleep until the last minute, grab a sugar-coated breakfast
bar, and run for the bus.
C. Enjoy sleeping in and skip eating altogether. Breakfast
is so overrated.
2. Your lunch at school is:
A. Hot lunch on most
days and a packed lunch on days you prefer to skip the lunch line
and eat outdoors.
B. Whatever looks good when you get to the cafeteria.
C. Nothing. I would rather spend lunchtime hanging out with
3. Before soccer practice, you:
A. Eat the whole grain
mini-bagel and banana that you put in your bag this morning.
B. See that your
dad left a bag of chips sitting on the counter so you grab it to
eat on your way to practice.
C. Don't have time to eat anything. Gotta run!
4. When you get home from school,
A. Usually make yourself
a sandwich and drink a glass of low-fat milk.
B. Grab the first thing you see, whether it's a bunch of
grapes or a bunch of cookies.
C. Are starving! You haven't eaten all day so you start eating
everything in site. (Who knew raw ramen noodles could taste so good?)
5. You are planning a sleepover
with friends. You:
A. Ask your mom to
take you to the store you can serve Make-Your-Own-Nachos
at your party.
B. Wait until your parents are asleep so you can raid the
C. Figure your friends have already eaten before the party
so why bother serving food?
If you answered
mostly A, you are a planner. You will have
an easier time fitting in all the food
groups in a day's time. Since you are already thinking ahead
to what you will eat the next meal or snack (or next day), you
just have to make sure your plans cover all the food groups.
| B. GRABBER
If you answered
mostly B, you are a grabber. You may need to
talk with your parents about having healthy grab it
foods around. If your house is stocked with snacks such as fruit,
cut-up veggies, yogurt, whole grain crackers and whole corn tortillas,
it will be easier to grab nutritious food. Also, keep healthy
grab-it foods in your backpack or sports bag for those times when
you are in a hurry.
| C. SKIPPER
If you answered
mostly C, you are a skipper. Skippers have
the hardest time fitting in all the food groups. That's because
when you miss a meal, you are missing out on the chance to eat
healthy foods. You may also get so hungry, that you overeat on
extra foods. Set a goal to fit in all of your meals
Download the "Vegetables
for Breakfast" handout to use when teaching young children. This
handout is part of the Start
Smart Eating & Reading Program from Oregon State University
Extension. (Connie was the writer on this project.)
Busy kids can have a tough time fitting
in 2 or more cups of veggies each day. To get a head start on daily
veggie intake, try this simple and delicious veggie omelet. Feel
free to be creative and adventurous by substituting different types
of veggies, herbs and cheese. This is one of my son's favorite breakfasts!
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
2 Tablespoons grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup diced fresh tomato
dried or fresh herbs (chopped) for seasoning (e.g. basil, oregano,
Crack eggs in a small bowl and whisk
gently. In a small nonstick skillet, sauté onions in olive
oil. Add broccoli and cook 2-3 minutes. Add eggs and cook until
set. Gently flip over, add cheese and a sprinkle of dried or fresh
herbs. Cook until bottom is slightly golden. Gently fold omelet
in half. Top with diced fresh tomatoes and serve right away. Add
whole grain toast and a small glass of 100% orange juice for a great
start to any day!
Thousands of schools throughout
the world use How to Teach Nutrition to Kids and Nutrition
Fun with Brocc & Roll as resources for nutrition education.
"I love your books!"
Erica Grayson RN BSN
USD 284 School Nurse
book teaches adults and children how to make beneficial dietary choices,
empowering them by explaining how to have a positive self-image, encouraging
physical fitness, and emphasizing healthy eating habits."
National Center for Quality Afterschool
nutrition is as easy as A-B-C!
subjects are covered in How
to Teach Nutrition to Kids. Kids learn about food and nutrition
from just about every angle, including math, science, social studies,
language arts, physical education and art. What
sets How to Teach Nutrition to Kids apart from other
nutrition resources is that it focuses on engaging children through
fun hands-on activities.
& Roll includes 42 copy-ready fun and tested activity pages.
This hands-on activity guide combines a discovery approach
to learning with a healthy dose of humor. Kids learn to assess food
and activity habits, set goals, make choices, understand advertising,
read labels, start a garden, and develop basic cooking skills.
planning is a snap with the new Nutrition Education Curriculum
Guide, a blueprint which outlines a
complete 1st - 6th grade curriculum that is integrated, behavior-based
and sequential. This
8 page tool is sold as an electronic download (PDF). View a sample
page of the guide.
Recent Studies of Interest:
Who says kids don't like fruits and veggies?
The studies below point out that given the right exposure, tone and
environment, kids will choose, eat and enjoy healthy food choices:
- Eat Your Vegetables: Preschoolers
Love Vegetables With Catchy Names Like' X-Ray Vision Carrots' And 'Tomato
- The influence of a verbal prompt
on school lunch fruit consumption: a pilot study Link
information contained in this newsletter is not intended as a substitute
for medical and/or nutrition advice. See your physician and/or registered
dietitian for individual health and/or dietary concerns.
by Connie Liakos Evers, All Rights Reserved.
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