News & Views on Child Nutrition
For Parents, Educators, and Health Professionals
Editor: Connie Liakos Evers, MS, RD
Issue 71, May 2009
(updated 5/2012)

For Kids Only: Find Your Food Style
Veggies for Breakfast: Recipe and copy-ready handout
Teaching Nutrition is as easy as A-B-C!
News in Brief:
Recent Studies of Interest

The "Find Your Food Style" quiz is a fun way for kids to gain perspective about their eating habits.

FOR KIDS ONLY: Find Your Food Style:
Are you a planner, grabber or skipper?

1. When you wake up in the morning, you:

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 my friends.

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, you:

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 kitchen.
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.
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.
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 and snacks.

Source: Adapted From: Good for You! Nutrition Book & Games, by Connie
Evers, MS, RD



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.)

Veggies for Breakfast

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!

Veggie Omelet
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup diced fresh tomato
dried or fresh herbs (chopped) for seasoning (e.g. basil, oregano, cilantro, parsley)

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!
Serves 1

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News in Brief

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 Bursts' Link
  • The influence of a verbal prompt on school lunch fruit consumption: a pilot study Link


The 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.

©2009 by Connie Liakos Evers, All Rights Reserved.

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