Nutrition

Barbara J. Feldman

As my kids were growing up, I went through various cycles of nutrition nagging (“Drink your milk!”) and nutrition negotiating (“I’ll trade you one cookie for two green beans.” ) To those of you on the front line today, fighting the good fight in the nutrition wars and the battle of the bulge, I offer these fun, educational websites.

  • Dole Five A Day5 stars

    "5 A Day is the magic rule -- more is OK, less is uncool!" This site is a celebration of the important health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. The graphics are so bright and compelling, it's impossible not to begin craving a fruit or veggie snack. Although the site is soon to be reorganized, Dole promises to keep the best of the old site intact. Kids have their own portal, as do parents (with an excellent section on how to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables) and teachers (with lots of printable classroom materials.) Highlights of the kids section are the games, recipes, and the Fruit and Vegetable Encyclopedia.

  • Fast Food Facts4 stars

    What an eye-opener! Enter your favorite food from your favorite fast food restaurant, and receive its nutritional analysis: calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and sugar. You can choose from fifteen restaurants such as Dairy Queen, Jack in the Box, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Burger King or KFC. Some of what I learned was shocking. For example, a Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket contains 1000 calories, 450 of them from fat.

  • Kidnetic.com4 stars

    An educational program of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, Kidnetic.com is designed for kids nine to twelve and their parents. The site is divided into four sections. Move focuses on "wet head games," you know the kind that require you to leave your computer chair and actually run around and sweat. Eat is a compendium of kid-friendly recipes. Talk gives you a chance to provide feedback, but requires free registration. Learn is a collection of short articles for grownups on topics such as how to eat healthy in fast food restaurants.

  • My Pyramid5 stars

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Guide Pyramid has been recently revised to reflect the latest nutritional science. In fact, there is no longer just one pyramid. There are twelve different pyramids, depending on how many calories you need and how active you are. The easiest way to understand the new dietary guidelines is to watch the animated Tour My Pyramid. Click on Kids to play the Blast Off! game, and to print a simplified food pyramid.

  • Nutrition Explorations: Kids4 stars

    Nutrition Explorations, published by the National Dairy Council, combines fun with simple nutrition instruction. Under Activities, my picks are the food group match games Quintricious and Tasty Tunes, and Feed the Monster, an arcade game with an embedded nutrition quiz. Another gem is the printable shopping list with headings for each of the five food groups: milk, meat, vegetable, fruit and grain.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "Nutrition." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 22 Feb. 2006. Web. 23 Sep. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/nutrition/ >.


  • About This Page

  • By . Originally published February 22, 2006. Last modified July 9, 2014.

  • SMART SCHOOL TIME RECIPES: The Breakfast, Snack, and Lunchbox Cookbook for Healthy Kids and Adults
    SMART SCHOOL TIME RECIPES: The Breakfast, Snack, and Lunchbox Cookbook for...
    by Alisa Marie Fleming
    (Kindle Edition)
    Get Your Family Eating Right: A 30-day Plan for Teaching Your Kids Healthy Eating Habits for Life
    Get Your Family Eating Right: A 30-day Plan for Teaching Your Kids Healthy...
    by Lynn Fredericks, Mercedes Sanchez
    (Paperback)
    - Usually ships in 24 hours
    Price: $4.48

    Good Enough to Eat: A Kid s Guide to Food and Nutrition
    Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition
    by Lizzy Rockwell
    (Paperback)
    - Usually ships in 24 hours
    Price: $2.73