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Nutrition Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Instructor: Dina Albert
Have you ever felt tired or a little sick after eating? It maybe because you're eating foods that taste good, but that aren't very good for your body. In this lesson, you will learn about nutrition and what to feed your body so you feel energized and healthy.

Vitamins

Let's imagine you go to a restaurant and eat a cheeseburger, fries, and a soda. Are you feeding your body or are you feeding your taste buds?

Nutrition is giving your body the food it needs for it to grow and be healthy. Feeding your body so that it is healthy and energized means you are eating foods full of the vitamins your body needs to work properly. Your body does not produce them by itself, but they are very important if you want to feel and grow well.

Food Groups

Food Pyramid: Grains, Fruits, Veggies, Dairy, Meat, Oils and sugars
food pyramid

The food pyramid is a picture that shows all of the different kinds of foods and reminds us how much of each food group we should be eating every day.

The 'Grains' section is the largest and includes cereals, breads, and pastas.

You should have about 6 servings of grains each day. Next come the 'Fruits' and 'Vegetables' sections. These are the same size and show that you should have about 4 servings of each per day. Fresh fruit often has the most vitamins and minerals, but fruit also comes frozen, dried, or canned. It's best to eat many different colors of vegetables raw or lightly cooked.

The next food group is 'Dairy' and you should have about 2-3 servings per day. Dairy foods include milk, cheeses, and yogurts.

'Meats' include beef, pork, seafood, and chicken, as well as eggs. Every day, you should eat 2-3 servings of meats.

Last but not least, the section titled 'Fats and Oils' includes olive oil, margarine, and salad dressings, as well as other sources of fats like desserts. Try to eat as little from this group as possible, but consuming healthy fats and oils in moderation can be okay.

Meal Time

At each of your meals, you should have a source of protein, such as meat, fish, darks greens like spinach, beans, tofu, or eggs. Every meal should include vegetables like green beans or broccoli, carrots, and squash. Your plate should also have a grain on it like a sweet potato, rice, or pasta.

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