|Protein Toss||Lunch #4|
|Description:||Students throw and catch a ball "SPUD" style while calling out various proteins to include with lunch.|
|Objective:||Students will identify a variety of protein-rich foods they can eat for lunch.|
|Materials:||One volleyball or beach ball|
- Ask the students to form a circle around you.
- Ask them to review the five food groupings.
- Tell them today you will discuss foods in the meats, beans, and nuts, and milk and milk products groupings because they are high in proteins.
- Explain that proteins strengthen our bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood, make us feel energized, and help us feel full so we know when to stop eating.
- Tell them turkey and grilled chicken sandwiches and low-fat yogurt are protein-rich foods. Some greasy, fatty foods like hamburgers and fried chicken also contain protein, but they should not be eaten too often because they are high in fat and salt.
- Ask the students why they think it is important to eat protein for lunch (because it gives you the energy to get through the day).
- Tell them they are going to play "ProteinBall."
- Assign each student a number between 1 and 10. Each number should be assigned to at least two students.
- Have the students begin to move around the room using a loco-motor activity that you name (skip, jog, etc). Call out a number between 1 and 10 as you throw the ball up in the air. The students assigned this number should come to the center and attempt to catch the ball.
- The student who gets the ball should name a protein-rich lunch food or meal, call out a new number between 1 and 10 as she or he throws the ball up in the air again, and continue moving around the space.
It is okay if some protein-rich foods are repeated, as it would be difficult for each student to come up with a new one. If a student mentions a food or drink high in fat and/or salt such as pork sausage or bacon, gently guide her or him to come up with a healthier choice.
Healthy ("Go") Protein-Packed Dinner Foods and Meals:
- brown rice and black beans
- grilled turkey, chicken, or fish (salmon, tuna, etc.)
- stir-fried tofu and vegetables
- low-fat cheese and milk
Less Healthy ("Slow") Protein-Packed Dinner Foods and Meals:
Any of the above foods can be less healthy if combined with too much of a slow food such as butter, oil, cream, or sugar (e.g. chicken fried in oil).
- hamburgers and cheeseburgers
- fried chicken
- pepperoni pizza
- pasta with creamy pasta sauce (e.g. alfredo)
- whole milk