The Food Pyramid


Let's think about our earlier questions,

"What is on my plate"
"Are these healthy choices?"

Let's also think about these questions,

"Am I eating enough?"
"Am I eating too much?"

After thinking about these questions, visit the link below and watch the video.

After watching the video, you can also click on the games and play a few games to further your knowledge about making healthy choices when eating!

There are 5 main food groups in the food pyramid. These are the food groups and some examples of the foods in them. 

Fats and Oils or the "Others"- You dont want to use too much of this group. They would include soft drinks, sugras, oils, etc..

Fruits and Vegetables- This group is full of nutrients and a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Dairy- You can get your calcium as well as vitamins, proteins and minerals here. Some food in this group will be milk, cheese, and ice cream. 

Protein- You would get your perfect amount of protein from meat will less fat. Some examples would be chicken, steak, or fish. 

Breads, Pasta, and Grains- This is a great source of energy. Spaghetti, bread, and cereals are all part of this food group

There are four levels on the food pyramid. At the top of the pyramid is Fats, Oils, and Sugars or sometimes called others. These are what you want to use a little as possible. On the next level, there is Dairy and Protein. Dairy includes your milk, cheese, yogurt and more. Proteins are your meats, eggs, and nuts. The next level contains for Fruits and Vegetables. Lastly, on the very bottom level you have Breads, Pasta, and Grains. These include your cereals and granola bars. The bottom level is what you should keep in your diet the most!

It is also very important to know how much of each group you need to eat. You can use your hand to help guide you when figuring out if you are eating the right portion of your food. Click the link below and explore the other links to learn about portions and how to use your hands as a guide. 

On your own piece of paper, draw a pyramid with the different sections and levels. After drawing the pyramid, label each level and section. draw examples of foods that should go in each group. Try to draw at least three different examples of foods that should go in each group. Also label how much of each group you are supposed to eat in a day.

You can use these words to label your groups:

  • Proteins
  • Dairy
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Fats and Oils
  • Grains

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