Nutrition

Nutrition

As my kids were growing up, I went through various cycles of nutrition nagging (“Drink your milk!”) and nutrition bribing (“I’ll trade you one cookie for four 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.

Nutrition Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Choose My Plate5 stars

The USDA now uses a plate metaphor instead of the Food Pyramid of yesteryear. What should be on our plate? Vegetables, grains, fruits, and protein (in order from most to least) with a side serving of dairy, such as milk. Choose My Plate uses games, activity sheets, videos, songs, recipes, and ideas for physical activities to teach us about nutrition.

Food Champs5 stars

With bright colors and cartoon mascots, Food Champs has fun and games for kids as young as two. Choices include coloring pages, printable stickers, printable recipe cards, interactive games, printable activity sheets, and a gallery of artwork. Games are divided into two age groups: two to five, and six to eight. They include Farm to Fork (learn how food gets from the field to your table), Fruit & Vegetable Math, and Healthy Choices Maze.

Nourish Interactive5 stars

"Celebrate National Nutrition Month by setting one goal. This month make the pledge to help kids eat healthier. Pledge to help children choose more fruits and vegetables." Nourish Interactive (created by nutrition professionals) has something for everyone in your family: dozens of printables with healthy tips, puzzles, coloring pages, games, and recipes.

Playnourmous5 stars

"What should I eat? What is exercise? What should I know to stay healthy and strong? Enter the enchanted world of Playnormous to find out. There's an interactive story unfolding, and YOU play a starring role." With games for kids, learning guides for parents, and classroom activities for teachers, Playnormous is my nutrition pick of the week for K-5 kids and the grownups that love them.

SuperKids Nutrition for Kids5 stars

"Saving the World, One Healthy Food at a Time!" This page for elementary ages introduces nutrition concepts through the Super Crew. Click on a character (from Abigail to Carlos) and explore their super powers, as you eat your way though the rainbow. As Abigail says, "I get my powers from all colors of healthy foods."

Nutrition Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

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!

BAM: Food and Nutrition

Nutrition Cafe

Nutrition for Everyone

Nutrition.gov: Children


Cite This Page

Feldman, Barbara. "Nutrition." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 10 Mar. 2015. Web. 30 May. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/nutrition/ >.


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By . Originally published March 10, 2015. Last modified March 11, 2015.

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