I my humble opinion one of the best gifts we can give our children is an understanding of healthy eating habits. Not just preparing healthy meals for them, encouraging them to eat their vegetables, and keeping junk food to a minimum, but teaching them basic knowledge of what a healthy diet is. I’m using these printable nutrition activities to help my eight year old autistic daughter better understand nutrition, and offering the printable sheets for free to help your kids as well.
Of course we’ve included a printable coloring sheet. Coloring pages are nice for a wide range of ages and skill levels. They are a great way to open up a discussion about nutrition and the importance of eating a wide variety of foods. My little girl adores coloring and it is a wonderful fun way for her to work on her fine motor skills.
Portioning is of course hugely important in nutrition. It is also something I’ve recently come to realize I was not doing all that well with my daughter. I switched her to a mostly organic diet about six months ago. I’m not super strict about it. The main goal is to simply reduce the chemical load on her body. She has been a bit more focused and is seemingly healthier overall since the change, but I’ve noticed she is getting a little chunky. Over packing her school breakfast/lunch, to ensure she had ample choices (since I’ve instructed the teacher that I don’t want her eating other things except on special occasions such as their parties) is probably a big factor in that. My daughter’s love of pasta and corn chips plays a part too I am sure. Above, I am utilizing the printable portion card to share with her what I’ve learned. Using one’s own hand to portion food, not only is a great visual way to learn, but instantly matches appropriate portions to the individual.
The sheet has four cards, so you can share with others who care for your child, such as grandparents.
This cut-out nutrition activity sheet is a fun way to help kids get accustomed to what a healthy meal should look like. It is simplified representation of the new My Plate guidelines, which switched the largest portions from starches to fruits and vegetables. Dairy can either be placed on the side of the plate as a beverage or added to the section of the plate it is being served with. For our purposes, sugar and fats are not depicted. It is a topic I will be covering with her at a later date.
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Putting the Nutrition Activities to Practical Use
This is her lunch for today. Her protein portion is a little bigger than suggested, but her breakfast I packed is lighter on the protein, so it should balance out. The roll is nearly exactly the size of her fist, so that is just right. She has a serving of low-fat Horizon Organic milk, and one fruit + one vegetable. Next week, I think I will start sending 2 veggies on some days.
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