Learn the importance of eating a variety of vegetables every day.
Key Teaching Messages
Vegetables are nutrient-dense foods. “Nutrient-dense” means foods that have many nutrients per serving.Vegetables have some nutrients you cannot get from any other source.Vegetables are naturally a GO food, but how they are prepared can make a difference.
NATIONAL PRE-K–2nd grade HEALTH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health. Common Core Standards: Kindergarten-Second Grade Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5aSpeaking 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
Eat a variety of vegetables daily. Increase availability and accessibility of healthy foods in the home.Limit the availability and accessibility of high-fat, high-density/low nutrient foods.
This lesson helps children understand why eating vegetables is so important. The Fruit and Vegetables Body Benefits chart, a graphics handout download, is especially useful. Have children compare the different colors and shapes of vegetables.
This playful song, sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, is fun to sing before snack time or lunch time to reinforce the importance of eating crunchy, healthy veggies. Highlight vocabulary words in the song and check for comprehension.
Music & Movement
The Hello Song
Ask children to share some of the songs they sing at home as part of their bedtime routines. You can also sing a variation of this song, substituting the words good night for hello.
Music & Movement
The Clean-up Song
Just like a family meal, clean-up time is a family activity as well. In school, this song can be used with any lesson, and is a nice way to keep children moving through clean-up activities.
Lunch is a fun book with vibrant, colorful graphics that allows for lots of conversation and interaction with children. Have them guess which fruit or veggie the hungry mouse will eat next! Incorporate vocabulary words into the reading and ask which fruit or vegetable is crunchy? Or, has seeds?
Did You Know?
Did you know that canned peas are as nutritious as fresh peas?
Canned, frozen or fresh, they’re the same great source of vitamins A and C.
Place steamed broccoli on a plate. Sprinkle low-fat cheddar cheese on top. Microwave in 30 second intervals until cheese is melted to perfection.
1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. You can serve immediately with fresh cut vegetables like carrots, celery, broccoli, and green peppers.
Add small pieces of cooked carrot and corn to pasta dishes.
Is it okay for me to reward my children with dessert if they eat their vegetables? Or is this teaching them a bad habit?
Annabel TEST 1 months ago
Rewards provide incentive, I think they are okay. Plan a healthy dessert with fruit and low-fat ingredients. I've even heard of parents sneaking greens into baked goods!
Maura Thompson 1 months ago
Try making eating vegetables a game. Every time they try something new, they can get a star on a chart. Once they have had a specific amount of new vegetable experiences, then let them choose from healthy dessert options.