It’s the end of August so I know all of the parents out there are trying to get into the back to school mode. Just because you may be packing lunches now or your schedule is full, it doesn’t mean you have to eat junk food. As a parent, I’m sure you are doing the best you can to ensure that your kids are eating healthy.
All of my kids have a major sweet tooth, they got it from me. If left to their own devices, I’m sure they would eat junk all day. They’re kids, who wouldn’t. So I wanted to make sure that my kids knew the importance of eating healthy foods rather than having to hear tell them, it’s healthy just eat it.
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Recommended Healthy Food Books for Kids
Raise a healthy child by teaching them and encouraging them to make their own healthy foods. Start young so you don’t have to fight bad habits.
Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous EatingI Can’t Eat This Stuff (How to Get Your Toddler to Eat Their Vegetables)Monsters Don’t Eat BroccoliMy Magical Foods (The Magic of Me Series)I Can Eat a Rainbow (Children’s Book Collection)Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition
What foods are healthy?
Do your children know the basic food groups and what each of the foods that they are eating belongs to?
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.
Fruit and vegetables
This one is an easy group to discuss because we eat tons of fruit and vegetables. We don’t buy a lot of prepared foods so everything we eat is prepared from scratch and we eat a lot of fruit for our snacks. We also have a vegetable garden so it’s been fun watching our veggies grow throughout the summer and they love helping me harvest them although they are not big fans of green peppers and tomatoes.
We talked about which foods are grain products so your bread, bagels, pasta, tortilla, crackers, muffins, rice, popcorn, and cereal. We also talked about which grains were better that whole grain is better than whole wheat which is better than white bread/pasta.
Recommended Healthy Body Printables for Kids
These printables teach kids about the healthy foods that they must eat and how they were categorized. The Go, Grow and Glow Activity Energy Printables (right) teach kids on how to group the foods according to their type. The second one is Eat the Rainbow Activity that will help kids realize the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and how colorful their plate should be during meal time.
Meat and alternatives
This is where you have your chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish as well as your alternatives such as beans, nuts, eggs, tofu, and peanut butter.
Milk and alternatives
Here is where you have milk, yogurt, cheese and soy milk.
We also discussed junk food and which foods would be considered junk, if they couldn’t fit into the basic food groups, it was likely junk. Some of their favorite treats like Cheetos, chips, chocolate and ice cream. Although some of them are made of milk, we discussed that it was not significant enough to categorize them into those groups.
We also had fun picking apart some of our meals. If you had a pizza what group would the sauce, dough, toppings fall into?
We discussed that junk food was fine if it was in moderation.
I created this little 3 page printable for your kids to work on as they sort different types of food into the 4 basic food groups. There’s also a daily checklist so your kids can track what they have eaten for the day.
This post was sponsored by Horizon Organic. Heading back to school doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice healthy snacks for convenience, fruits and veggies make awesome snacks as well.
This conversation is sponsored by Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.
More Health Printables
Healthy Foods Worksheet by the Super Teacher