Planning and cooking meals with kids is a great way to get them interested in food choices. And this Healthy and Unhealthy Food Sorting Worksheet is a perfect extension for learning! Teach your children about making healthy food choices with this worksheet set, as you help them learn about themselves.
We all know how easy it is to fall into bad habits when it comes to eating. It’s so easy to pick up the unhealthy snack instead of the healthy fruit or vegetable or to choose more treats than is really good for us.
But we can help ourselves and our kids grow and stay healthy by making better food choices. It really starts with us parents!
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Recommended Healthy Food Books
A great way to introduce healthy and unhealthy food choices is with a great book. Here are some of our favorites, from books about food to books about cooking.
We’ve even added a fun story book that makes the topic both interesting and approachable, for the youngest of your children. And once you’ve grabbed your favorite kid-friendly cookbook, head to the kitchen together for more conversation and practice in making healthy food choices.
The Complete Cookbook for Young ChefsFruits (Healthy Eating with MyPlate)Kids’ Fun and Healthy CookbookMonsters Don’t Eat BroccoliGood Housekeeping Kids Cook!: 100+ Super-Easy, Delicious Recipes (Volume 1) (Good Housekeeping Kids Cookbooks)Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Culinary Skills for the New Cook in the Kitchen
Choosing healthy food doesn’t mean it has to taste bad. What it does mean, however, is a need to curb that sugar habit. Instead of choosing ice cream, try a frozen fruit snack instead. Or protein instead of sugary foods can help curb those cravings.
Once you’ve worked through this healthy and unhealthy food sorting worksheet with your kids, maybe let them choose the snack more often.
You might be surprised at how quickly kids get this concept. They know the difference in how their body feels when they get too much unhealthy food and not enough healthy food. And they also know that just because it’s good for you doesn’t mean it automatically tastes bad. Good food can taste good too!
Most healthy foods are as close to nature as possible. Fresh from the garden or the farm tends to have less sugar added, and less of the chemicals that impact our health. Generally, if it comes in a box or a can, it may not be the healthiest choice.
Shopping for fresh food can be part of the adventure you start when you grab these worksheets. Check out your local farmer’s market, or go on a journey outside your local area to a nearby farm. Maybe even pick your own fruit and veggies, direct!
However, you don’t have to go vegetarian to make healthy food choices. Teach your child how to read labels and get them involved in shopping, planning and cooking meals.
You can use a balance of processed and fresh foods to create healthy meals, with your kids learning right beside you.
We encourage you to read our Health Books for Kids blog post. We have there some books that we highly recommend if you want to educate your kids about healthy living.
These worksheets are fun and easy to do. You could turn this into an all day learning activity, starting with sorting the foods, then reading some books, then going out shopping and finally cooking up some healthy foods together. And not only will you improve your family’s food choices, but you’ll grow your family bonds too.
It starts with conversations about choices and learning more about what’s healthy and why. Use these food sorting worksheets to help you start those conversations with your kids.
Make good choices and stay healthy. And enjoy time with your kids — and food!
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