Learn about the importance of portion control to maintain a healthy weight.
Key Teaching Messages
Smaller portion sizes can give your body the amount of calories and nutrients it needs to live and grow.Getting the right amount of nutrients is critical to healthy brain development and body growth in children.
NATIONAL PRE-K–2nd grade HEALTH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health. Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health. Common Core Standards: Kindergarten-Second Grade Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.4Reading Literature: Key Ideas and Details CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3Craft and Structure CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4Integration of Knowledge and Ideas CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7
NIH Health Messages
Limit intake of high-fat and high-calorie foods that are low in nutrients.Control portion sizes.Make sure to have a sufficient fruit and vegetable intake every day.Drink water and fat-free or low-fat milk instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Most of us know about the portion plate, but this lesson is really about how we eat with our eyes. We have to retrain our eyes to visualize the perfect portion! Using smaller plates will naturally create smaller portions.
Children love this book because it’s all about sharing. Ask the children: How does the mouse’s portion change when he shares? Would eating half a strawberry make you feel full or would you still feel hungry?
Did You Know?
Did you know that many sugared cereals are WHOA foods even though the label lists only 3 teaspoons of sugar?
It’s all about the portion size! Most people fill up the bowl. That’s more than double the recommended serving size, which makes the sugar content 6 teaspoons or more.
Cook ground turkey in a pan with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Chop fresh tomatoes, green pepper, and iceberg lettuce into small bowls. Grate low-fat or fat-free cheddar cheese into a small bowl. Warm whole wheat tortillas in an oven and then layer ingredients into a shell, enjoy!
Practice measuring as you layer a ½ cup of plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt under a ½ cup of fresh or thawed frozen fruit. Then repeat and add a small handful of oat cereal on top for a wholesome crunch!
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