|Red Light Green Light||Dinner #3|
|Description:||Students move or freeze depending on whether a healthy or unhealthy dinner food is named.|
|Objective:||Students will distinguish between "go" (healthy) and "slow" (less healthy) dinner foods.|
- Ask the students to stand against a wall facing you.
- Review what makes a food a "go" food vs. a "slow" food. ("Go" foods help their bodies go and grow. "Slow" foods are high in added sugar and fat and can slow their bodies down.) Remind them that although sugar can make them feel excited at first, it will make them feel very tired after a while. Ask them if they like feeling tired.
- Call out some dinner foods listed below, switching between "go" and "slow" foods and ask the students to identify each.
- Once they have correctly identified some foods, explain that you are going to play "'Go' Food/'Slow' Food" again, but this time with dinner foods.
- Call out the dinner foods again in a random order. Start the game with a "go" food.
- If the students think a food is a "go" dinner food, they should jog (or skip or hop) toward you at the other end of the room. If they think a food is a "slow" dinner food, they should freeze in place.
- If a student moves after a "slow" food is called or freezes when a "go" food is called, they must go back to the start.
- If time permits, review some foods and their "go" or "slow" classifications with the class.
Although all foods can fit into a healthy eating plan in moderation, it is important to reinforce that healthier foods give the body more energy to play and grow. "Junk foods," (processed foods high in fat and added sugar), contain a significant amount of calories but add very little nutrition to kids’ diets.
It is important to connect kids with their food and get them thinking about food less in terms of "good" and "gross" and more in terms of "healthy" and "less healthy" (or "go" and "slow").
Healthy ("Go") Dinner Foods and Drinks:
|avocado||steamed broccoli or cauliflower|
|brown rice||carrot sticks|
|black beans||grilled chicken|
|green beans||grilled tuna|
|low-fat milk||grilled salmon|
|mushrooms||low-fat macaroni and cheese|
|snap peas||whole-grain (brown) noodles|
|salads||low-fat vegetable pizza|
|watermelon||corn or whole wheat tortillas|
Less Healthy ("Slow") Dinner Foods and Drinks:
|hot dogs||fried chicken|
|bacon||fried fish sticks|
|french fries||high fat pepperoni pizza|
|creamy soups||General Tso’s chicken|
|soft drinks||sweet & sour chicken|