Nutrition 101Fuel Your Engine

Eating healthy is not complicated. A varied, balanced, moderate diet consisting of all five food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy) is key to healthy food decisions. Eat all the food groups in the correct portions while varying the type of food your serve from each food group. 

For those of us that grew up with the Food Pyramid, toss that out the window and look at MyPlate. MyPlate shows portion sizes on a plate. This makes the information more child-friendly because we eat off of plates, not pyramids!

It may take a while to hear it, but your family will begin to say 'thank you' for the healthy meals you took the time to create!

Nutrition Nuggets

Eat better, feel better

We need to make sure that all of our Kids of STEEL are properly fueling their bodies. Just as a car cannot run without fuel, people cannot train without proper food. The more nutritious the food, the better you will feel. To learn more about healthy eating, check out our two favorite websites, Choose My Plate  and Fruits & Veggies - More Matters.

Tips to help you eat right:

  • Make sure you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Eat a balanced, varied and moderat diet including all 5 food groups
  • Include 1/2 cup to 1 cup of fruit and vegetables with each meal
  • Make half of your grain choices 100% whole grain options
  • Make some of your protein and dairy choices low-fat options
  • Choose healthy snacks such as cheese sticks, fruit, nuts, whole grain crackers, etc.
  • Drink water before, during, and after activity and throughout the day
  • Carry a reusable water bottle to help you drink more water

Taste the Rainbow Game

A tasty challenge for everyone

A little bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone! Encourage your whole family to eat different colors of fruits, vegetables and beans with our Taste the Rainbow Game.  
  • Step 1 - before the competition starts, have each family member chose what they 'win' at the end of the competition. Maybe it's a family outing to play mini golf or a trip to the community pool. Whatever it is, make sure it's something that all family members will agree to do.
  • Step 2 - create a tracking paper that lists the common colors of fruits, veggies and beans (red, orange, yellow, green, blue/purple, brown/white).
  • Step 3 - each family member uses the tracking paper to write down the name of different colorful fruits, vegetables and beans they eat in one week. The point of the game is to eat a variety of foods in a variety of colors. 
  • Step 4 - the person who tasted the most foods in all the different colors wins their designated prize!