Category: Nutrition

Vegetarianism

How could I say “no” when my students wanted to learn more about vegetarianism? We had already covered major nutrients so they knew the ins and outs of complete and incomplete proteins and how to make complementing protein combinations. Still, they wanted…

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Popcorn: “Pop”pourri of Activities

This classic, fun food has been around for over 5000 years, transforms itself into snowflake and mushroom shapes, goes from un-edible to edible when exposed to heat, makes noise and is celebrated every January 19th! You got it…it’s POPCORN! These…

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SUPERFOODS Lesson

You’ve probably watched the SUPERBOWL on television, heard stories about SUPER HEROES with SUPER POWERS like SUPERMAN, but have you ever eaten SUPERFOODS? This lesson and activities exposes students to very common SUPERFOODS, explores why they are so important for…

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Prenatal Nutrition

Eating healthy is always important but especially when you are expecting a child! As a pregnant mom you are your child’s lifeline to good health and nutrition. So remember if you eat junk so does your developing baby, but if…

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Snacks for Kids Cookbook Project

Have you ever noticed that kids love foods that look like things they recognize like animals, bugs, toys, people, etc.? It is fun to create cute snacks that kids like and that are safe and healthy for them too! For…

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Quesadillas: A Nutrient Dense Mixed Food Lesson & Lab

When teaching about the food groups in MyPlate I find it’s also important to explain the concepts of mixed foods, empty calories and nutrient dense foods. Junior high students are often confused as to what these terms actually mean. After…

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Decision Making Lesson & Group Activity

For years I struggled with how to teach decision making more interactively. I wanted students to know and understand the process and be able to apply it to important decisions in their lives, but I also wanted an activity where students…

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Energy Bar Comparison

With the plethora of sports enhancing food items available, how does one know what to choose? Student athletes often use performance enhancing food products and often don’t know what they are really eating. This lesson helps students think critically about what performance enhancing products contain and their true nutritional value.

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Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day!

If we’ve heard it once we’ve heard it a thousand times…BREAKFAST is the most important meal of the day! Eating a healthy breakfast benefits us in many ways such as providing nutrients and energy, maintaining weight, boosting metabolism, and helping…

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Promoting Whole Foods

When it comes to my food, I like to keep it REAL! Growing up real foods came from the garden and fruit trees we grew, harvested and preserved. Real muffins, cookies, and desserts were made from the eggs we gathered daily from our backyard chickens and real meats came from the wild game my father hunted and fished for. Home cooked meals were prepared by my mother and were made with real foods with ingredients I actually knew and could pronounce. Sadly, the majority of my students don’t know what it means to eat real. All they know is the pre-packaged, easy to make foods known as processed. This lesson explains the differences between the whole, real foods I know and the processed foods they know and hopefully gives them “food for thought” when it comes to making REAL changes in their eating habits.

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