Smart Servings

Sometimes it is not WHAT you eat, but HOW MUCH. Choose smart servings. Added fat and sugar content are a clue to serving size.

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An example of Smart Servings from MyPlate Food Groups

Activity Idea: Healthy Choices Scavenger Hunt
Source: Modified from Healthy Kids Challenge, Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum
Description: Kids learn about healthy food choices, habits and physical activity
Grade: 3-5
  • 18 colored index cards
  • a marker
  • 3 small plastic buckets labeled "healthy foods" on one, "healthy habits" on another, and "healthy active play" on the third

Pre-prep: Write a healthy food choice on an index card, a healthy behavior on another card and an active play idea on a third card. (Examples: "a graham cracker spread with peanut butter and topped with banana slices, turning off the TV when I eat, jumping rope with friends") Continue writing a variety of examples on all 18 index cards. Place the cards around the room (slightly hidden) when kids are out of the room. Place the 3 buckets on a designated table.

  1. Tell kids that they are going on a scavenger hunt in the classroom to find colored index cards (show an example to them). When they find a card, they are to read the card and determine which bucket (healthy foods, healthy habits or healthy active play) to put the card into.
  2. Tell the kids it is not a race and to take their time to get the cards in the correct buckets. Begin.
  3. After all the cards have been collected, read each of the cards in the buckets outloud to the class and discuss why the statements are healthy. Let kids offer additional healthy ideas.
  4. Challenge kids to pick one of the index card healthy statements to work on that week.

For more activity ideas like the one above, check out HKC's Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum and other resource materials. See the Online Store for descriptors and to view the Table of Content and booklet sample pages.