Activity 5: Healthy Eating
You can get a variety of nutrients by eating a variety of foods from the different food groups. Try to limit the amount of junk food you eat because it doesn't have many nutrients that help your body grow. Also, make sure you're eating the right amount of food for you. You don't want too much of a good thing but you also don't want to starve yourself.
Below is a chart of nutritious food categories and the recommended servings of those foods.
|Food||Recommended Serving||How Much Is That?|
|Protein||Chicken Breast (2-3 oz.)||About the size of a deck of cards|
|Vegetables||Cup of spinach, four leaves of lettuce, and 5-6 baby carrots (1 cup)||About the size of a baseball|
|Fruit||Apple (about 1 cup)||About the size of a light bulb|
|Dairy||1 cup of milk or yogurt or 2 oz. of cheese||About the size of a domino|
|Grain||Slice of bread or cup of pasta||About the size of half a tennis ball|
Protein Examples: fish,
meat, chicken, eggs, soybeans
Vegetable Examples: carrots, green beans, broccoli, spinach, lettuce
Fruit Examples: apples, pears, oranges, peaches
Dairy Examples: milk, cheese, yogurt
Grain Examples: whole wheat bread, brown rice, pasta
Compare this to what you've eaten today and what you ate yesterday. Does it look anything like what's on the chart from above?
|Food||What Did I Eat Today?|
|Food||What Did I Eat Yesterday?|
Plan some healthy food to eat tomorrow and in the future!